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Book Review: Harry Potter series


As you may or may not know, I’ve recently finished reading the entire Harry Potter Series, books 1-7, for the first time this week. I’ve been a HP fan since I was about 11. I started reading the books as soon as they came out and read up to book 4. It has since been on my bucket list to read them all as an adult. Starting in September of this year, I did just that!

I’m not sure how the idea came about, but I can watch the movies over and over! I decided to ask my best friend, Brooklyn, to lend me books 1 and 2. I read the 2 of them in about 2 weeks. I fell in love! Movies 1-3 have always been my most favorite, so it’s obvious I’d love those books just as much! I will say this… Books 1 and 2 were by far my favorite. I give them both 5 stars. They were equally captivating a major page turners! 

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After I gave Brooklyn back books 1 and 2, I decided to take a trip to our local library and check out books 3 and 4. It was a great excuse to renew my library card! Again, in less than a month, I finished both books. I liked 3 and 4, but not as much as I liked 1 and 2. Out of all the movies, Goblet of Fire has always been my least favorite. I’m just not a sporty person so for them to focus on Quidditch and the Triwizard tournament, I was pretty bored. I give HP3 5 stars and HP4 4 stars. JK Rowling is an amazing writer.

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After finishing 3 and 4, I returned them to the library and checked out 5 and 6. Now… here is where the books lose me. I’m not sure what it was, but these books just didn’t really do it for me… However, because Rowling is such an amazing writer, I still give them each 4 stars.

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It took me about a month and a half to get through 5 and 6. I returned them to the library and checked out the final book, 7. I liked this one in the beginning. I didn’t like it in the middle where Harry, Hermione, and Ron are still looking for horcruxes . I found it boring, as if it was just dragging on. However, I was quite pleased with the ending. I think Rowling left off on a good note. I still give this book 5 stars.

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Overall, comparing the books to the movies, I was quite disappointed. While I love the movies, and they are entertaining, I couldn’t believe how much was changed and left out in the movies. I mean, I understand you have to cut so much out for the sake of time management; I just feel like they could’ve done a better job. If my book got turned into a movie, I would not be giving away complete creative control. I want my movie to go by the book! 

In the end, I’m very pleased with the books overall. I highly recommend them.

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Posted by on December 10, 2016 in Book Reviews

 

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Just a quick update!

I wanted to share my latest crochet projects. I made these for my Grandma. It’s a Pumpkin Toilet Paper Cover and an Amigurumi melting snowman. I made her a snowman toilet paper roll cover too, but I didn’t think it looked nice enough to take a picture of it.

crochet-projectsI started working on a Santa Hat toilet paper roll cover for my Mother-In-Law, but I haven’t finished it yet.

I’m trying my hardest to get caught up on letters. I have about 15 international letters left to reply to.

I’m currently halfway through this book:

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It’s a page turner! If you like anything by Ellen Hopkins, you will love this book!

I’ve been diligently working on getting footage to start making Documet Your Life videos. I’ve got a lot so far for December so be on the lookout!

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2016 in Personal

 

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Wow. Has it really been since January?

Good god. I can’t believe I’ve neglected to give you an update for this long. Wow…

So. A lot has happened since January 2016…

For a quick update, go to my main blog and watch my “Chatty Update” Video.

On February 26th, 2016 I started Cosmetology School at HairMasters Institute of Cosmetology. As of October I have been on the clinic floor working on real customers. I was so nervous about going on the floor at first. I’m still a little shaky when I do haircuts, but I’m getting there. I’ve found my love in this industry and it is coloring and cutting hair. Coloring, obviously, since I’ve been coloring my own hair and my friends hair since I was 12. I’m supposed to graduate in March 2017 and I plan to apply at 2 chain salons called Hair Cuttery and Great Clips. I mainly just want to focus on cutting and coloring. I’ve learned I’m not good at Up-Do’s. At all. I’m okay at perms. I’m not very good at styling just yet either.

One good thing has come from me going to school. I have another best friend! Her name is Lyndi. She’s 18 and she’s so awesome. We have so much in common. However, I will not be neglecting my first best friend, Brooklyn. I’m trying to keep the balance between them.

In case you missed it, I wrote a book in November 2015. It’s called Living Dead Girl and it’s available on amazon.com under my pseudonym Nikkole Watkins. It’s a teen book with lots of cursing, underage drinking, ghosts, and it’s own love story. I put my heart into that book and my best friend, Brooklyn, was kind enough to edit it for me. My husband, Logan, helped me design the cover. I’m pretty proud of it. I’m not very happy that the lowest I could set the price was $25 per book; especially when I only make about $10 off each copy sold.

Let’s talk about my mental health… I’m getting there. Slowly, but surely. We’ve had to do some medication adjustments, but I think they seem to be doing okay. I’m on Zyprexa at night, and Prozac during the day. I still have a little trouble concentrating, but like I said, I think I’m getting there.

Obviously I’ve neglected my incoming mail pile as well. I have the biggest stack I’ve ever had. It’s insane… I just sent out Holiday postcards to all my penpals yesterday letting them all know to expect a reply from me within the New Year.

That’s about all that’s changed in the past year. I hope you’ve all had a Happy Thanksgiving and you enjoy the coming Holidays.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2016 in Personal

 

Movie Date!

So Logan and I went to see the movie, “The Boy”. We kept seeing previews for it on TV and decided to see it since it looked so scary! We’re Horror movie addicts – not that I’d necessarily consider this move too “horror-ish”…

Overall, I’d say it was a pretty good movie. Not as scary as we’d liked it to have been, all the scary parts were shown in the previews. However, it IS NOT another possessed demon doll movie as the previews make you think! It has a good story line, but a big plot twist at the end. Logan appreciated Lauren Cohen being in it since he’s familiar with her from The Walking Dead. It was definitely a strange and crazy movie that keeps you interested. I’d give the movie 4/5 stars!

Logan’s making Italian Beef & Cheese sandwiches for dinner and later he gets to do his favorite thing (sarcasm): COLOR MY HAIR! Lol I’m just so glad I’m all caught up on letters. I’ve even had time to write to some new penpals! I lost quite a few by the end of last year, so I’m hoping to make more in order to make up for it. I’d really like to have a total of 50 penpals who I regularly correspond with, and I’d also like most of them to be outside of the US & UK, since I already have so many from both places.

I’ve already got February’s Monthly Zine all made up and ready to be sent out to all my penpals in the middle of February. I plan on doing another tag video next month as well, which I’m super excited for!

Well! I think that’s about it for me. I hope you’re all doing fabulous! 💙

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2016 in Personal

 

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News

I honestly haven’t been up to much lately. My holidays went fairly well! We went to my Grandparents for Thanksgiving, X-Mas, and New Year’s Eve. We also went to my In-Laws for Thanksgiving and X-Mas. We got to spend some quality time with family and both had great food! Here’s my sister, Georgi, and I at my Grandma’s for X-Mas.

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If you follow my Instagram or have watched my 2 recent YouTube videos, you should know I’ve been reclaiming my childhood and really getting into the Gothic subculture. I was Goth for most of Junior High and sometimes in High School. Dressing in black and being very different (a non-conformist, for lack of a better term), was something that inspired me in my youth. However, I didn’t know until recently there was a whole “Gothic Rock” music genre! So I’ve been really getting into Goth bands as of late, my 2 current favorites being Type O Negative and The Sisters of Mercy. I’ve frequently been listening to the “Goth” station on Pandora trying to increase my music vocabulary. I’ve been buying more black clothes here and there and D. I. Y.ing some of my clothing jackets. Logan is actually studding my new dressy, button-up jacket right now. We tried dying my denim jacket black with Rit Dye but after 2 tries, it’s still only came out a dark purple-blue. We’re going to try studding that one tonight, but I’m sure we won’t finish it since I only bought 100 studs. I am waiting for a lot of band pins I ordered to get here so I can pin them on my denim jacket. I’m going to try to take more outfit of the day pictures on my Instagram once I get both my jackets finished and all my clothing items I bought get here! So be on the lookout!

I also made the decision in December after talking with my Grandma to stop looking for jobs, and instead to follow my dream of going to beauty school. Before I dropped out of high school when I was 17, I planned on going to beauty school right after I graduated. I’ve always had a passion for coloring my hair, and cutting/styling it all crazy. So at the end of this month, I’m going to start the enrollment process and apply for financial aid/grants. The next classes start in August and are a year and a half long. I’m nervous, but also excited.

I also plan on starting back at the gym next week to lose some of the weight I’ve gained at the end of 2015. I’m back on my soda pop addiction which doesn’t help. -_- So maybe in the span on a few months I can lose 30 pounds like I always do once a year. Lol It will probably be hard to lose the weight since I’m really not all that active and I sit at home all day, everyday. Oh well, all we can do is hope for the best!

Thanks for being a loyal follower. I strongly encourage you to go to my main blog and follow me on instagram and watch my YouTube videos! Thanks!

-Skiye

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2016 in Personal

 

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Fall Portraits of Brooklyn!

Here are a few of the Fall photos I took of my best friend Brooklyn, and some my sister took of us together.

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Posted by on November 2, 2015 in Personal

 

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Updates

I’m feeling a bit accomplished – I’ve got 5 letters left to reply to! I also ordered my Xmas cards for family and friends and Xmas postcards for all my pen pals. I’ve got my penpal address book all updated. I’m up to 40 penpals! Some of which, I haven’t recently corresponded with, however. In the mail today, I received my postcard stamps and global Xmas wreath stamps. Last week I received my variety Xmas washi tapes. Needless to say, I’m quite prepared for the coming holiday mail season.

Faced another disappointment today. Walgreens said I “didn’t meet their qualifications”, so yet another job I won’t be hired for. -_-

I’m continuing a book I started writing last year. I’m on the 2nd chapter. It’s aimed at teenagers I suppose. It’s about a goth girl who moves into a haunted house and meets a ghost. I’ve got all my chapters outlined, so hopefully, for once, this will be a book I finish.

This weekend I’m supposed to take “Fall pictures” of my best friend. I help her pick out the outfits and do her makeup. We have fun. This will be my 2nd year doing them for her. Have to get use out of my $600 digital camera somehow! Next weekend I’m supposed to do fall pictures for my sister. I help her pick out her outfits too, but she does her own hair and makeup since she’s better than me in that department. I’m going to try to get a few shots of us together. If I do, I’ll try to remember to post them.

I went to church last Sunday for the first time in about 7 or 8 years. Felt I needed Jesus in my life. I mainly wanted to visit with a lot of the people there that I’ve missed. I just might go again this Sunday, I haven’t decided yet.

That’s about all that’s new with me. Hope everyone has a Spook-tacular Halloween!

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2015 in Personal