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Reaction GIF Masterpost: The Muppets Movies Edition

I made more GIFs! This time I've made GIFs from all but one Muppets movies (there was very little I could do with Kermit's Swamp Years), but there aren't as many as when I made my Futurama GIFs. I was planning on making GIFs from The Muppet Show too, but I'm exhausted and need a break from these so those will have to wait until December. As with last time, credit back to my blog isn't required if you do use any.

Just a heads up: this post will run quite slowly. Also, the GIFs look really small but won't be that small when you save them; I had to make them smaller in this post to fit them all on.

10 Spooky Books on My Autumn TBR

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
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It's almost spooky month!

It doesn't really feel like autumn yet in my neck of the woods because I'm still having to open my window during the day because it's still too warm. But that being said, I like to read horror and thriller books during October because it gets me in the perfect mood for Halloween (i'm not much of a horror movie person though, i'm too much of a baby for that), and also because I like to do a spooky-themed month of blog posts during October, so it's only fitting that what I'm reading matches my blog posts, right? 

I probably won't get around to reading all of these books because 1) I'll be back at university 2) I suck at things anyway, but I will try my best! There's no rush, after all.

Psycho by Robert Bloch - Psycho is one of my favourite movies ever, so it's absolutely criminal that I haven't read the book yet.

Carrie by Stephen King - This is a pretty short King book, so chances are, I probably will get to finish this one.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black - I've had this book for almost three years now (a signed copy, too) and I still haven't read it yet! I honestly have no idea why, because it's about vampires, and I love vampires. This year I'm definitely going to read this.

Forever Odd by Dean Koontz - I read Odd Thomas a couple of years ago and then bought the rest of the series so that I could marathon the whole thing back-to-back. That obviously still hasn't happened yet, but I can still continue on with the rest of the series.

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris - Funny thing: I actually sort of studied this book this year. Without actually reading it. Yeah, I should have read this by now. I've already read Red Dragon, so I had a good enough understanding of Lecter.

The Shining by Stephen King - This book has been on my general TBR for years. In fact, it's been there for so long that this edition isn't printed anymore.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - Raise your hand if you love Gothic novels! *raises hand through the roof*

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe - I put this on horror TBR lists all the time and never get around to reading it, because I didn't have a copy. But now I do! *throws streamers* It's not the exact copy here but I couldn't find a picture of the one I've got ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It'll probably take me an eternity to finish the whole thing, but I don't really mind.

The Dead Zone by Stephen King - WHY HAVE I STILL NOT FINISHED THIS BOOK???

Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay - Dexter is bae, and I've nearly finished the TV show, so I should really continue with the books. Hop to it, me.

What's on your autumn TBR?

5 of My "UnBookish" Confessions

I watch a few goth YouTubers, and in that little circle there's a video tag called the "10 UnGoth Confessions" tag, where they tell ten things about themselves that go against the goth stereotype, such as liking pink things or not liking a certain popular goth thing. I love this idea of confessions, so I thought that I would put a bookish spin on it and make it an "unbookish" confession thing. Obviously not in video format because there is no way in hell I'm shoving a camera in front of my face. No way, no how. I couldn't think of ten points because my brain wouldn't work that hard, so I've just got five to share instead. Reading back through this, I actually have six, but the sixth one probably doesn't count so five it is.

Okay, when I say that I "haven't read Harry Potter", I mean that I haven't read them myself. I did, however, have them read to me when I was in primary school and we read books 3, 4, and part of 5 as a class. After that, my interest in the series completely dwindled, and it still hasn't come back yet. Fantasy isn't really my thing, and in all honestly, the sheer size and enthusiasm of the fandom kind of puts me off. Enthusiasm and passion aren't bad things, it's just that a lot of Harry Potter fans I know tend to be the "how dare you dislike or not have an opinion on this thing that I like" kinds of people. And those kinds of people are not my favourite. Maybe one day I'll get around to reading the series myself, but for now, I'm good.

Let me put the emphasis on new books. Old books smell pretty damn good most of the time, but for some reason, I can't bear the smell of brand new books. I'm incredibly sensitive to smells to the point that if I so much as walk past somebody wearing a horrendous amount of perfume or aftershave, my lungs just decide to die and I get an awful headache. For some reason, new books set me off and I'm not sure why. There's something about the way the pages smell that I just don't like and it makes my reading position really weird. I'll often hold a brand new book away from my face just so I can't smell it, as opposed to an older book that smells fine and I'm okay with having closer to my face. It's just a really, really weird thing.

I like to consider myself to be a movie buff, so I've seen quite a few movies that are based on books, and sometimes I like the movie adaptation better than the book it's based on. The best example I can think of is American Psycho. I thought the book was gruesome, over the top, and a bit pretentious at times whereas I loved the movie and found it hilarious. Why? Because some things work better on screen than they do on paper, and vice versa. Humour can be difficult to put across when it's written down, and I found some of the passages in the book to be just a bit much because I just didn't get the joke. In the movie, it was completely different and I did get the joke. Another example is the two movie versions of The Dark Knight Returns. I'm going to be completely blunt and just say that I hate Frank Miller's art. I can't stand it. (he's also a complete bigot who wrote batman to be a power-crazed fascist, but that's for another post) Maybe I'm just used to artists like Jim Lee, but I find it hard to figure out what's happening in some of Miller's panels. (it could always be worse though, he could draw human bodies the way that rob liefeld does...) Obviously it'd be difficult to animate two whole movies in his style, but when I got around to watching it, a lot of the time I thought "oh so that's what happened there". The characterisation doesn't change and I'm still not keen on it, but at least I could freaking see what was happening. Thank God they didn't adapt The Dark Knight Strikes Again. Good grief... Long story short, sometimes I think the movie was better.

I guess it's kind of a bookworm's duty to recommend their favourite books to every single person they talk to, but I don't. My reason for this is that I don't usually like the same things as other people. In my circle of friendship, I'm the only one who doesn't like Marvel or fantasy. I'm a DC girl who likes sci-fi, contemporary, and black and white movies. I'm a black sheep, and it's okay with me, but recommending things to people can get so frustrating at times. My suggestions are either shot down or judged harshly, and it's put me off talking about the things that I like with other people. Seriously, when you get a dirty look in response to even mentioning something that you really like, it sucks. And yes, that actually happened once. I got a dirty look for mentioning Nightwing. Nightwing who is the most precious creation ever and doesn't deserve to be treated like that.

I'm not sure if this can be considered "unbookish" because most of the people who study literature are bookish people, but I have seen some people say that forcing kids to study literature makes them hate reading, and I completely disagree. Some people like reading, but don't like studying books. Some people just don't like reading at all and never have. I personally love studying literature, especially if it's a book that I like. I've studied Frankenstein, which is one of my favourites, and for me it made the book more enjoyable because I got to pick it apart and make fun of Victor Frankenstein for being a whiny little baby who can't take responsibility for his actions and blames everything on his dad. Studying books that I hate, on the other hand, that I totally understand. There's nothing worse than studying a book you hate because it just gets tedious. Studying James Joyce in my first year of uni was probably the worst thing ever. Even studying poetry wasn't that bad, and I hate poetry.

What are some of your "unbookish" confessions?

10 Albums That Constantly Play in My Head

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I am a huge music lover. I love music so much that I have my own CD collection that is constantly growing. However, in that collection I only have studio albums, because I don't see the need in having five copies of the exact same version of one song, as well as a million alternate versions (don't mind me, just throwing a bit of shade at my dad). I don't come from a musical family because none of us play instruments, but we always listened to music both in the car and in the house when I was growing up in the days when iPods didn't exist and my parents didn't trust me well enough to lug a CD walkman around with me every time I went somewhere. So, without further ado, here are ten of my favourite albums ever!

Why I Won't Be Posting Reviews Anymore

After thinking about this for a quite long time, I've come to the conclusion that I'm done with reviews. Obviously I didn't wake up one day and just decide "I'm not going to post reviews anymore", the thought popped into my head about a month ago and I've been mulling it over ever since then. The last time I actually reviewed anything was February last year, which is an incredibly long time to go without reviewing anything. Obviously, I have my reasons and that's what this post is about, so here are my excuses reasons.


Yep, as plain and simple as that. I simply don't get any enjoyment out of writing reviews. Obviously I used to love throwing up a ton of feelings onto a web page and sharing it with other people, but that joy that I used to get from writing reviews completely withered away after reading and watching things that I felt indifferent towards back to back and just sitting starting at a blank screen for hours before writing the same thoughts every time. Maybe that review spark will come back some day and I'll start reviewing again, but for now I'd rather not touch them.


I'm not sure about everyone else who posts reviews, but for me, this has become the sad truth. Before I stopped briefly stopped blogging in 2013, my reviews had pretty high view counts, but when I came back they started to slide again. Even before the pagecounts began to slide, reviews would either get at least one or two comments, or none at all, even if I did make the comment rounds. I can't remember when, but I do remember there being a big discussion about book reviews, and whether people read them or not, which brings me onto my next point.


I personally don't read reviews myself because I would rather not know what other people think of something until I've experienced it for myself, if that makes any sense. Sometimes what another person says of something can affect what I think of something, so these days I've gotten into the habit of ignoring reviews and critics almost altogether, in favour of seeing it for myself. Another reason why I don't read reviews is for commenting reasons. These days, I'm trying my best to leave more meaningful comments, and when I'm commenting on a review of a book that I've never heard of and might not even interest me, I'm not going to be able to do that. My last reason is that I'm a firm believer in the rule of "post what you would want to read" and what I want to read now isn't reviews. I'd rather read discussion posts or lists or even rants at time, which is what I would much rather post.


I've kind of touched on this in my first point, but not every single book or movie that I read/watch is worth writing a full review on. My attention tends to wander these days and not everything can make me feel something, whether it's negative or positive. In my opinion, I can't think of anything worse than writing a string of indifferent reviews every week because at least if I'm writing negative or positive reviews all the time, I have something to say. If I'm indifferent towards something, I just end up paraphrasing the words "it was ok" about twenty different ways in the same post.


My problem with writing reviews is that I tend to stick to a very rigid format with reviews and I don't change it up very often. With something like discussion posts I have free rein of what I'm writing and how I write it, which suits me better because my posts do tend to get a wee bit rambly sometimes. And I do prefer to ramble as opposed to sticking to a rigid format, because I think it's more suited to my personality, and it's always important that personality shines through in a blog post (as many blog tip posts have told me time and time again).


I'm not the best at keeping up with what is being released (which is why I never participated in Waiting on Wednesday) and I actually prefer to read books that were released a while ago because there are so many books on my to read list that I haven't gotten around to, and they can range from being released five years ago, to over a hundred years ago. My logic here is that by not churning out a book review that I think people would like to read, I'm giving myself more time to read books that I've wanted to read for a long time.

Do you regularly write reviews? If so, what do you enjoy about reviewing?

10 TV Shows That I Will Always Love Forever and Ever

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I would honestly like to call myself a TV addict, but really I only tend to watch the same few TV shows over and over again. I'm not as adventurous with TV as I used to be, especially since these days I'm either online, reading or watching movies. TV shows can be a bit of a commitment, depending on how long they are, which is probably why most of my favourites have short episodes or short seasons. Just a heads up: I am an overgrown child, so the vast majority of shoes on this list are animated.

If, for some reason, the universe decided that I could only watch one single TV show for the rest of my life, it would definitely be The Simpsons. I've been watching this show longer than I can remember and I will watch pretty much any episode that is on when the reruns are on. Unless Sky1 decides to show the exact same episode at the same time every single day. I have watched this show so much that I remember quotes from not just the episodes, but the DVD audio commentaries too. My DVDs have been watched so much that I'm surprised that they even work anymore. Also, just try to tell me that the show has been 'terrible' since season 11. Try it, friendo. I won't have it.


Another show that I've watched for as long as I can remember! I was three when this show premiered and I remember watching it every time it was on, just the same as with The Simpsons. The only difference is that this got cancelled in 2003 so my brother and I watched reruns of the first four seasons constantly until the show came back. I'm not that fond of the later seasons or the movies (mainly because the movies are overrun as hell, good grief), but I do have an incredibly soft spot in my heart for the earlier seasons, before it got a bit confusing with all of the reboot stuff.

Here's something that you all should know about me: I. LOVE. Muppets. They are one of my favourite things in the entire world, and if they didn't exist, I don't know what I would do with myself. I used to watch reruns of The Muppet Show with my brother when it was shown on Nickelodeon many moons ago, and finding out that the first three seasons are available on DVD was one of the greatest discoveries I've ever made. However, I will personally go over to Disney and hold knives to their throats until they release the final two seasons because season four was announced in 2009 and it still isn't out yet. Hop to it, Disney, I'm impatient.

This show is the most recent favourite of mine in the sense that I watched all of it in a week literally at the end of last month. I finished it quickly for two reasons: 1) it's only three seasons long, and the seasons aren't that long themselves 2) it's just that good. This show was pretty popular when it came out, and still is now, but for some reason I never got around to watching it until very recently, and I'm not even sure why. I'm very fussy about comedy, because most of the time I either find it dumb or I just don't get the jokes, but with The Mighty Boosh, I didn't find it dumb, and I got nearly every single joke because they were about things that I know about. Also, Noel Fielding is very pretty, so that helped.

I am a fierce defender of Superman, and I always tend to recommend this series to people who don't really like superheroes all that much. Instead of being a strict action superhero show like the shows that are being made today, Lois and Clark is a romantic comedy and focuses on their relationship, rather than Superman himself. While Dean Cain isn't the best Superman, he is one of the best Clark Kents that I've ever seen. Instead of doing the bumbling nervous Christopher Reeve thing, he's much more realistic and acts like a normal person, rather than an alien who's trying to fit in with other people. I'm not one for romance, but I do return to this series quite a lot because Clois 5ever.

I have yet to meet anybody who doesn't like SpongeBob, because it's just so good. Also, I'm talking about the first three seasons because the rest of them don't exist. We don't talk about the more recent seasons. Earlier SpongeBob is a modern classic, and I can never get tired of watching those episodes (apart from 'Wormy' because i'm scared of moths and butterflies so i've only seen that episode once, and that was when it first aired), and I'm constantly chastising myself for not owning them on DVD.

Fun fact: I still have yet to finish watching this series. Why? I'm not actually sure. Things just got in the way and I watched other things, and I know that I'm at season 7 but I can't remember which episode. This was the first "serial killer" thing that I got into, and it's stuck with me for quite a while but I definitely need to finally finish it some time soon.

I didn't start watching this show until I was about sixteen or seventeen because I was only a few months old when it finished airing, and it wasn't on TV when I was little, which is probably for the best because I appreciate it more now than I might have when I was a kid. I have a thing for weirdness and this show is so weird, as well as pushing so many boundaries for what kids shows should be like. There's gross-out humour, there's innuendos, it's dark at times, and it's violent, which are all things that kind of speak to my soul. There's also the adult spin-off but we don't talk about that. It never happened.


Out of Seth MacFarlane's three cartoons, this is the only one I watch. I don't find Family Guy to be funny at all because it's nothing but pop culture references that I don't understand, and The Cleveland Show just makes me cringe, but I do love American Dad, probably because this is the only one that Seth MacFarlane doesn't write for, so in my eyes it's funnier. I don't mean to slag off the other shows, but that's just how much I love American Dad.

I don't really watch reality TV shows anymore because they're, well, pretty dumb, but I do make an exception for Drag Race. I used to be a huge fan of America's Next Top Model before they did nothing but gimmicks that probably won't be used in the real fashion world, so when I heard that this show was a cross between ANTM and Project Runway, but with drag queens I was obviously curious, so I started watching it on Netflix and immediately became hooked. This is probably the only show that I actually keep up with these days and I even went to see one of the winners perform live last month. Best. Night. Ever.

What TV shows do you like to watch? Would you have any recommendations for me?