Bookish Baking: Hot Cocoa (Polar Express)

Last recipe of the year!
Quick, easy, delicious, and season appropriate, even if the lack of snow makes it unnecessary where I live.

Hot Chocolate

  • 6 cups of milk
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Candy canes – for garnish
  • Whipped cream – for garnish


  • Stir together all ingredients over a low heat in a large pot over the stove.
  • Cook for about 30 minutes, until chocolate is fully melted and combined.
  • Serves about six.

I love The Polar Express. I saw it for the first time by accident, I was on a summer camp field trip (you know, when they play reruns of movies cheap in the summer for camp groups?) and we were meant to watch either Rugrats or Jimmy Neutron, I can’t recall, but my uncle (a chaperone) took us into the wrong theater and we saw The Polar Express instead.

I thought this was a good Christmas-y recipe for my third and last of the month.

Let me know what you think, and how it turns out if you make it!


The Cinderella Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged for this, but I saw it over at Snuggly Oranges and after reading Geekerella, I’m in a Cinderella mood – so I’m doing it!

Evil Stepsisters

A Book with Characters You Hate:


All these characters need a swift punch to the face.

Prince Charming

A Book with a Gentleman:


Gansey was raised RIGHT.


A Character That is Graceful, Kind and Defiant:


Tessa is the very definition.

Fairy Godmother

A Character That Always Has Someone Looking Out for Them:


I love Brownyn and Addy’s families in this book, especially their sisters!

Helpful Creatures

Something That Makes You Happy When You’re Sad:

Enough said.


A Book You Didn’t Care For:


My detest of this book is not unknown.


A Character with a Transformation:


Not a physical transformation, but she goes from spy to superhero so…


A Book with an Ending You Didn’t See Coming:


I’m not going to say anything else on these.

Just Breathe

Something That Inspires You to be Courageous:


The entire book is about learning to be brave (and then other adjectives).

Happily Ever After

A Book With a Perfect Ending:


Its rare that everything gets wrapped up so nicely, but this book does it!

I Tag…

Roses Book Nook

Whoever wants to I guess. Everyone who reads this! Take your pick.

Inside Out Book Tag (2)

The Orangutan Librarian tagged me in this…months ago. I am bad at tags okay!?! But they are epic and amazing and you should go check out their blog!

I did this tag already (Inside Out Book Tag) but I didn’t do it very well, and I was tagged again so…

Go with with it okay?


Lets do this!


A book that brings you JOY










I Tag:

B @ Icebreaker694

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Mini Movie Reviews #6: Logan / Hidden Figures / No Men Beyond This Point / The Final Girls / Jack Of The Red Hearts / The Great Gilly Hopkins

Ready for more mini movie reviews?

I hope so, because here they are!

You can see my previous mini movie review posts below:

Mini-Movie Reviews: American Ultra + Pride Prejudice and Zombies + Neighbors (2) + Kindergarten Cop 2

Mini Movie Reviews #2: The Lego Batman Movie / Suicide Squad / Rogue One / Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them / Dr. Strange / The Mummy (2017) / Star Trek: Beyond

Mini Movie Reviews #3: Barely Lethal / Now You See Me 1 & 2 / Speech & Debate / Odd Thomas / Not Another Happy Ending / Kingsmen: The Secret Service

Mini Movie Reviews #4: Age of Adaline / Fright Night / Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates / Edge of Seventeen / Table 19 / Mr. Right / About Time

Mini Movie Reviews #5: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 / The Boss Baby / SpiderMan: Homecoming / Butter / Maximum Overdrive / Jessica Darling’s It List



So I finally watched this.

It made me cry a lot. The little girl was phenomenal.

It was a bit slow to get into but ultimately I liked it. I did feel like I was missing something the whole time though, as it doesn’t really follow the other X-Men movies directly – like there should be 2-3 movies between to fully explain who we got to this point.

But if you like Wolverine, watch it. Be prepared to cry though.

Hidden Figures


I…don’t think I did to say much on this. Its based on a true story. Its great. And my AB Calc teacher had us watch it after the AP test last year and traumatized us all by pausing it on the screen with nothing my calculations on the chalkboard and asked us “ready to learn how to do that in BC next year?” – I DON’T WANT TO DO LITERAL ROCKET SCIENCE I WANT TO ADMIRE THOSE WHO CAN FROM AFAR.

Watch it.

No Men Beyond This Point


THIS IS A SATIRE. I saw so many reviews hating on it because of “the feminist agenda” or whatever such non-sense. Its satire!

Essentially, the movie is mock-umentary style of what the world would be like if men became obsolete, following “men’s rights” struggles and the youngest man alive who works as a manny.

It falls a little flat at parts, tries too hard to be serious etc. But ultimately its pretty compelling. The point is that, when women fight for equality – this is the future “menimists” are envisioning when clearly its ridiculous.

The Final Girls


This is one of those comedy-horror-satire movies. I love these. Basically, our MC is the daughter of a B-list horror movie actress, who has since passed. Her friends organize a marathon of her mother’s movies and a fire in the theater transports them INTO one of these B-horror movies – and they attempt to escape by surviving the plot of the movie. Its pretty cheesy, but also pretty funny, and its pretty self aware of its cheesy-ness. I also liked the characters. If you like comedy-horror movies, definitely check it out!

Jack Of The Red Hearts


Jack of the Red Hearts is a Lifetime-esque drama about a girl who has aged out of the foster system – and whose little sister is still in it – trying to get her sister back. She has trouble with minor crimes/petty theft etc. and ends up impersonating a nanny with experience with special needs. She begins to help this family with a young girl with autism, whose parents mean well but are at their wits end. I think it handles the issue well – all the characters are flawed in a very human way, and it tackles the issue that not all children with autism are the same, and many parents struggle very much, but that the child is still capable of love and isn’t something to be fixed. It was a little over-dramatisied but ultimately I liked it. I recommend it.

The Great Gilly Hopkins


I watched this on Netflix. Its another Lifetime-esque drama, though this one is geared more towards younger audiences. Featuring troubled foster child Gilly Hopkins, who is reluctant to bond with her new foster mother and slightly-odd much-younger foster brother. She ends up lying and stealing from their blind neighbor in an attempt to leave, before eventually fighting to stay. I will say the end made me cry a little. Its pretty well down, and I liked the cast. I recommend it if you like these sorts of dramas.


Mini Movie Reviews #4: Age of Adaline / Fright Night / Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates / Edge of Seventeen / Table 19 / Mr. Right / About Time

As you may well know, my weekly review slot has recently been for mini movie reviews.

Here is the fourth installment, featuring another seven movies – this time the Rom-Com edition it seems.

I really hope you guys are enjoying these!

You can see my previous mini movie review posts below:

Mini-Movie Reviews: American Ultra + Pride Prejudice and Zombies + Neighbors (2) + Kindergarten Cop 2

Mini Movie Reviews #2: The Lego Batman Movie / Suicide Squad / Rogue One / Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them / Dr. Strange / The Mummy (2017) / Star Trek: Beyond

Mini Movie Reviews #3: Barely Lethal / Now You See Me 1 & 2 / Speech & Debate / Odd Thomas / Not Another Happy Ending / Kingsmen: The Secret Service

Age of Adaline


Age of Adaline is a Rom-Com – one featuring timey-wimey-ness which I love. Essentially, Adaline stops aging as a result of an accident, and decades after the fact, she falls in love again.

The story is really sweet, and pretty funny. Its a well paced movie, that makes a good use of flashbacks etc. and if you like Rom-Coms, I highly recommend it, as I loved it!

Fright Night


I’m pretty sure this is a remake of an 80’s movie, but this is the only one I’ve ever seen. Its a comedy-horror movie – meaning, its a halloween movie about vampires, but its funny rather than crazy. Featuring a teenage boy who sets out to kill the vampire who has moved in next door. The dialogue and action was great, and the casting is really good. If you like funny horror movies, I highly recommend it, though don’t bother with the sequel, it features an entirely different cast and plot, and is actually kind of boring…

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates


This is a pretty raunchy rom-com. The plot was pretty simple, kind of cliche, but the movie was pretty funny. The casting really made it for me. Not one of the best movies, but if you like any of the titular actors, or like raunchy comedies like this, think Neighbors etc., you may like it.

Edge of Seventeen


This movie is great. Its crazy funny, with a great cast, and good pacing. Its painfully awkward in places – but its meant to be. Its a teen drama-comedy that doesn’t pull any punches, and is actually really sweet while looking at the issues of a family – both legitimate and entirely over-dramatized, but teenagers are over-dramatic. It portrays it in a realistic way, rather than a condescending one. Some parts were hard to watch through all the second-hand embarrassment, but it was great overall.

Table 19


First off, a great cast that really makes the movie. The plot is a little…not there until the middle-isa, but the dialogue and characters are hilarious. Its a pretty cheesy film, but if you’re a fan of awkward-Anna-Kendrick comedies, and cheesy wedding rom-Coms, then you’ll like this one. I enjoyed it.

Mr. Right


This movie is more comedy than action – just to anyone who needs that clarification. Essentially, a girl falls in love with an assassin – who has decided he is  only going to kill the people who hire him. Its kind of dumb, but really funny and entertaining, and the fight scenes, while a bit gore-y, are well done. Check it out if that appeals to you, because I enjoyed it, but don’t go expecting a serious action movie.

About Time


About Time is a Rom-Com with time travel – two of my favorite things – and is funny, well written, and has great acting. Essentially, the main guy has a family genetic quirk that lets me re-do his days, and he does so to fall in love with his dream girl. If you like Rom-Coms a-la Time Traveler’s Wife, check this one out, its one of my favorites!

I hope you enjoyed these mini reviews.

Let me know if you like these, if you’ve seen any of these movies, agree/disagree with me, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Discussion: Why I Still Love Twilight


Hating on Twilight is pretty popular – more popular these days than liking it. A lot of book bloggers have written about how they used to love Twilight but have since learned better or grown out of it. And that’s fine – your tastes change throughout your life. But while I may not be as obsessed as I was when I was younger, Twilight will always have a place in my heart – I still love it.


The Problem With Twilight:

People hate on Twilight these days for a multitude of reasons.

Because it started a vampires and werewolf trend, because it got more popular than “more worthy” books, because its objectively not wonderfully written, because teenage girls liked it and people like hating on the things teenage girls like. Because it started the YA movie fad.

Pick your poison – I think people just like being crabby.

Twilight isn’t the objectively best written. There are cringe-y moments (Jacob’s imprint, Bella’s “helpless girl who needs a boy” portrayal etc.) but its hardly the worst written or most problematic book to reach this popularity, let alone one existence.


My History with Twilight:

I read Twilight in the fourth grade – when I was 9 or 10 years old. I read the entire saga that year. My grandma bought me the first book for Christmas because my cousin, a year older than me, loved it. My grandma thought I might like it to.

(My grandma already had an established history of buying me books for Christmas. She bought me the full Harry Potter series when I was 7 (second grade) 0 I trusted her judgement. She bought me the full Ms. Peregrine’s trilogy for Christmas this past year.)

So because she bought me Twilight, I read it. I had no idea what it was about, but I loved it. Made me mom buy me the rest of the books. Read those too.

I got sent to the guidance counselor’s office at one point because they were concerned about a 9 year old reading such mature content, they called my mom and everything. But since my mom was cool with it they had to let me continue reading – even if I got my book taken away a few times for reading during class.

I made my dad rent the movies that were out so far – and made him watch them with me. He hated them – but watched all five. I had all the shirts, posters, and necklaces. I made all my friends read the books and started a shipping war among the fourth graders.


The moment where I am Bella and Bella is me.

Twilight and Me – Now:

I’d thought my obsession had calmed down. I reread the books in 7th grade – in full for the first time since in 4th grade I skipped all the “weird” (read “sex”) parts – no matter how mild Twilight really is, I was 9 the first time through. The second time around I was firmly Team Edward – the first time I’m pretty sure my loyalty to Jacob was entirely based on the fact that Taylor Lautner was Sharkboy.

But cue the release of Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined and I had it in my hands and read within the week.

I haven’t read the whole series in years – but Twilight itself remains a comfort read for me. The movies are “I’m sick and want to be entertained without thinking” movies.


Final Thoughts:

I don’t have it in me to hate on Twilight. Flaws and all.

Part of it might be history and rose-tinted glasses rather than objectiveness – but who cares? Enjoying things is nice, reading is meant to be fun. Something doesn’t have to be objectively good to be enjoyed or liked – why do you think people love lifetime movies?

I just don’t see the appeal of critiquing the flaws in every detail of something I once loved – so I just won’t.

Allow yourself the rose tinted glasses sometimes.

What do you think?

Did you like Twilight?

Do you still like it?

Why or why not?

Let me know!

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast – Live Action

Release Date: March 17th, 2017


Let me start by saying that Belle is my favorite Disney princess.

This will not be an unbiased review – I felt I should mention that.

Here is an In-Depth Analysis of the Flaws if you want a different opinion – all the points made are valid – but its a princess movie, its disney, and its enjoyable. You can’t really ask for hard hitting social commentary – its a princess movie set in the 1700’s.

Now I can start the review.

Set /Costumes:
The set design and the costumes might have arguably been my favorite thing of the entire movie. Everything is perfect to the last detail – all these little touches and it grand. The scenery and the effects of the magic, the forest, the village, the castle, the enchanted objects everything is beautiful and feels like magic.
The story is, obviously, a very well known one. It is Beauty and the Beast, and closely follows that of the animated movie from 1991. But the story is slightly expanded (it’s a 2 hour movie) – we see some more background of Belle’s mother and the Beast’s childhood. We see more of Gaston and Le Fou (how was honestly a ramped up version of his animated character – he had some of the best lines of the film and I loved him in the movie – I know there was some backlash against his being gay because it was so flamboyant – but a lot of that is just the way the character is – he isn’t cast as the fool because he’s gay, that’s just his character – but I guess I’m not an authority on that – I liked what t added to his character though, he had an actual arc in the movie).
We also had a little side bar of Gaston asking Maurice for Belle’s hand in marriage. I loved all the little additions to the story – and that we saw more of The Beast and Belle falling in love. And that The Beast was literate this time, because as a prince he’d have had an education – and I like that we see more of Belle’s thoughts of her village and how they view her in turn. The world is built up more, and small plot holes like why no one remember the prince were dealt with nicely.
The story additions came with new music that I’m more than a little obsessed with. And while Emma Watson’s singing was a little noticeably autotuned- the songs and the acting made up for it. All the characters are quite over the top in songs – Le Fou paying members in the bar to sing Gaston’s praises with him, Belle’s little scoff of disgust when talking about him. Le Fou’s addition to the kill the beast song. I enjoyed it.