Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson- It's not the first time I've mentioned this book on this blog and it probably won't be the last. I really can't say enough good things about this book. You should read it if you haven't already. It won't take you very long. It's brilliant. It really is.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater- The first novel in her Wolves of Mercy Falls series. A great start to a very interesting series. The third book in the series comes out in July. I already have my copy pre-ordered. This novel also introduced me to Stiefvater's other novels, most notable Ballad.
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin- The third novel in his epic Song of Ice and Fire series. I couldn't read this book fast enough. Really drove home the point that Martin does not take prisoners in his writing. You know, in case the first two novels weren't proof enough of this. The fifth book in this series comes out the same day as Maggie Stiefvater's book. And yeah. I already have my copy pre-ordered. I really can't wait for July. And not just because the chance of snow will be significantly less than it seems to be this month.
Serenity (2005)- Written and directed by my hero Joss Whedon, Serenity is the Big Damn Movie based on the best gorram show to ever be stupidly canceled by the Fox television network. River Tam's bar fight scene is something I never get tired of watching. Best line (well all right, one of the best lines)? I aim to misbehave.
Shakespeare In Love (1998)- I really adore this film (directed by John Madden, written by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman) and I could watch it over and over again and occasionally do (much to The Man's delight). Joseph Fiennes was robbed-- robbed I tell you!-- of an oscar nomination. But as much as I love this movie, I still think Saving Private Ryan should have won for best picture.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)- Written and directed by Frank Darabont, this is, I think, the best Stephen King adaptation currently out there. It's beautiful and symbolic. The scene where Red plays the harmonica just a little teeny tiny bit blows my mind every damn time. Best line? Get busy living or get busy dying.
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)- Written by Zach Helm and directed by Marc Forester, this is one of the very small number of Will Farrell movies I actually like. And by like, I mean 'adore' because this is such a great movie. There are a lot of great lines but I'm partial to this one: Little did he know. That means there's something he doesn't know, which means there's something you don't know, did you know that?
S Television Shows:
Supernatural- I heart the Winchester boys. I have no idea how this season's going to end but if one thing's for sure, it's that I'll need oxygen before the end credits come up. And to think, I almost gave up on this show in the middle of the first season. I know. It's not something over which I am proud. The important thing is that I have stuck with them. In the immortal words of Dean Winchester: "Do you think it's 'cause we're awesome? I think it's 'cause we're awesome." Oh yes, boys. It most definitely is. Did you see this season's episode where they get sent to an alternate universe where they are actors on a show called Supernatural? Hi-larious. Really. This week, the Winchesters go back to the wild, wild west. I'm so very excited.
Scooby Doo- Couldn't not mention my favorite animated canine crime solver. Sorry, McGruff but you ain't got nothin' on Mystery, Inc. I've always wanted to have a Great Dane named Scooby Doo so I could stand at my door and shout "Scooby Doo! Where are you!"
-Sleeping. As an insomniac, I just don't get to do this enough. I really do love it though.
-Snoozing. See above.
-Singing in the shower. I thought about posting a video here of me singing but it turns out that's above my technical know-how. But I really can sing. Nicely too. In key and everything. Well, mostly in key. There are even people out there who would even attest to this fact. If you're one of those people, feel free to say so in the comments.
-Swearing. I'm the daughter of a sailor. And I swear like it.
The Swell Season- I don't know if you've heard of them, but they're amazing. This duo is made up of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Did you see that movie Once that came out in 2006? Well, they were the two main characters and they won an academy award for the film's song "Falling Slowly". Below is a clip of one of my favorite songs. It's called "Leave" and the ending is really just something else. This version happens to only feature Glen Hansard. But go check them out. You don't be disappointed. Well, you mightbe if you're a die hard heavy metal fan or something but other than that, you'll probably find something you like. Anyway, here's "Leave":