#Bookreview Me, Earl and the Dying GIrl #Booktube #Bookofthemonth

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Me, Earl and the Dying Girl 

Well first off to be honest, if not recommended by Kate the Realist as part as Booktuber’s Book of the Month I wouldn’t have picked it up. But let me tell you something. I AM glad I picked it up. Very glad. While this book has tangents up the Nile, it was an overall Good Read (ha! See what I did there?). This book had a lot of annoying points too, though. It was very obvious the author had writing talent, but was trying to write a bad book. And it was almost like he was trying too hard to make it “bad”. So he’d go on tangent after tangent after tangent. Some of them were really funny, though and even made me laugh. Like they are filmmakers and they do an unscripted scene which was basically them making a YouTube video. And he wrote how easy it was to freeze up when making a YouTube video and saying only “um” like an idiot. And of course, as I make YouTube videos, I could totally relate.

Also the reason I only give it 3.5 stars instead of 4 was I really didn’t like Earl. I don’t think you were supposed to. I don’t mind a little bit of cursing. But Earl is like a “gangster” style character and I don’t have much respect for. Except the ending. Oh gosh Earl kicks butt at the end. He basically kicks the main character into gear, but you have to read the book yourself to find out how and why. So after spending the whole book hating Earl, suddenly, I love him. 

And then there was the dying girl. The friendship was Rachel was “forced” upon Greg by his mother, to cheer her up. At first Greg takes this literally and only visits Rachel to make her laugh. But then they get to know each other, and form a tight friendship. Their friendship was really endearing and totally genuine. It didn’t feel forced by the author at all. And when Rachel found out they made films, and convinced he and Earl to show the “awful” films to her, she understands why he doesn’t want to share with anyone, and he respects that. Rachel becomes their biggest fan, because she is their only fan.

If the beginning of the book didn’t drag on for so long I would have gladly given it 4 or 5 stars. Because the ending. The ENDING! I can’t even. It’s a great message about how sometimes bad things just happen in life. But it’s not the end of the world. And there are people out there who have it worse. So stop crying and get to work, because life isn’t as bad as it seems. 

So it’s not really a book about a girl who has “Luke Emia” as much as it is about forced friendships, old friendships, no friendships at all, being uncomfortable with one’s own image, and being so worried what others think of us that we cripple ourselves. 

And as a former closet writer, who didn’t tell people for ten years that I wrote, I totally felt like Jesse Andrews – the true author of the story – was speaking to me.

Okay, so maybe it does deserve four stars after all :)

If you like to laugh, if you liked random zany comedies. If you like books with heart. Then Me, Earl and the Dying Girl is for you! 

 

 What was the last book that made you laugh? Share in the comments :)

Cheers,

Claire 

LMC Presents: Fun Fact Friday #2 #FFF

Okay you lovely people! I decided to write out FFF instead of vlogging it because my YouTube has been taken over by Vlog Every Day in April. And, it might be more fun writing it. So here we go. Stuff I learned this week. Ready or not, it’s #FFF!

Family visited this week, so the first two facts are thanks to family.

1. Deer shed and re-grow exact same antlers

Maybe this is old news to many, but I didn’t realize that deer shed their antlers like a snake. Or rather, I knew they did so – but didn’t realize they shed the exact same shape.

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More info: http://bit.ly/1iDTy9l 

2. The East Fence Lizard in SC

So while my cousins were over, one of my cousins adopted a lizard that my dad said he found in the garage. I had no idea what type of lizards were around Greenville area, so we looked it up. Turns out it was an East Fence Lizard. My cousin named him Fred. Meet Fred:

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More on the East Fence Lizard: http://bit.ly/1iDW5QQ

3. Tom Hiddleston can sing! 

On Wednesday I felt like a kid again ordering Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy. I’ve always been a huge fan of Peter Pan (not Once Upon a Time version) and love everything to do with Neverland. I rented this movie BEFORE I knew Loki, I mean Mr. Hiddleston starred in it and I was delighted when I searched IMBD to who played James Hook. I thought that smoldering voice sounded familiar.  And just as I was wondering why Disney drew him so attractive, my answer was revealed because it was Tom Hiddleston who voiced him. 

(1:23 for Loki singing!)

And on Thursday I rented Thor 2 because I haven’t seen it yet. And it confirmed my love for Loki :)

4.  There is NO Where’s Waldo movie

Found it hard to believe when I saw this YouTube parody that there hasn’t been one made yet. I’m not saying I necessarily want a movie like this – but it’s a cool concept.

What do you think, should there be a cool Where’s Waldo movie? I just might write one :)

5. The camel in the Geico Hump Day commercial had a name

And his name is Caleb. The more you know!

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So that’s it for this week, kids! I’m going to have to start writing interesting things down, because I have a habit of forgetting them. Which is what happened last week too lol.

Have a great weekend!

Share what you learned in the comments! And don’t say “nothing” because I firmly believe you learn something new every day ;P

Cheers,

Claire

#amwriting The End = Saying goodbye to your readers #writingtip #writerwednesday 

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The End = Saying goodbye to your readers: leave a good last impression! 

I won’t give details to protect their privacy, but I recently had a negative goodbye experience. I brushed it off as them merely being tired as it was crazy early in the morning, so I didn’t let it bother me.

But it did bother me a little bit. It just sort of left a bad taste in my mouth after what was otherwise a pleasant visit. I’m still looking forward to seeing that person again, but this experience (why I love being an author, every life experience is research!) reminded me of a very important lesson.

The ending of your book is like the reader saying goodbye to your characters. Don’t leave a bad last impression.

It’s hard getting to the end. It’s hard for the writer, because sometimes we can’t believe we even made it to the end. It’s hard not knowing if it’s too rushed or if all the bases and plot-lines have been satisfied – or if you should leave it on a cliffhanger.

With all the different ways to end a novel, it’s hard to pick the *right* one. But the ending is often what people remember most. So as the Doctor says, make it a good one, eh?

Readers, how do you like to feel when you finish a book? Writers, do you struggle with closing the story? 

Comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts on all things endings :)

Cheers,

Claire

#coffeereviews #Starbucks Colombia Nariño

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(Photo: Bag of Colombia Narnino from Starbucks.com – all rights reserved)

So yesterday, Sunday, I was feeling tired and drained thanks to the wonderful sinus season in South Carolina.

Coffee is a self-proven treatment for me in curing headaches (note: I’ve not researched any scientific evidence to prove this) – so I decided to stop at Starbucks for a lovely pick-me-up. My favorite drink lately has been a Venti coffee with two shots of espresso – what should be commonly known as a Black Eye.

I was feeling adventurous, so instead of ordering my usual Pike Place I saw the fancy script written Colombia Narino. I thought, that sounds fancy, I’ll give that a go.

Here is how Starbucks.com describes the blend:

Herbal & Layered
We went to the ends of the earth for this bean.

Well not only does the Earth have no end being in fact, round, I’d call their exhibition unsuccessful. In my opinion anyway, I didn’t go to Coffee University.

For me I enjoy a more of a high-flavor profile. I’m not sure if it just didn’t blend well with their espresso or what, but it was barely drinkable. I wasn’t about to waste a four dollar cup of coffee, so I still enjoyed it well enough. And it did wake me up. So not a total waste.

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(Photo: my Grande Colombia Narino Black Eye in my car.)

I’ll just be sticking to my Pike Place, Gold Coast and Yukon Gold and pretty much every other blend of Starbucks coffee, because Starbucks is still my very favorite.

I would give this blend 2.5 out of 5 stars. It was drinkable, but it didn’t make me feel blissful like many blends of coffee do. But you should try it for yourself. Every set of tastebuds is different, after all.

HOWEVER: if you order something lemon, like a lemon cake – Colombia Nariño WOULD BE AMAZING WITH LEMON.

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(photo: the same Grande Colombia Narino with previous green-stoppers of the past.
And crumbs, feel free to disregard them crumbs – but you know, that’s just how the cookie crumbles)

So yeah, give this blend a try. I just don’t recommend it with shots of espresso or if you prefer a milder type blend. This blend is for dark roast fans! Which is usually me, but this was a bit too bitter and not enough taste in my mind.

Have you tried this blend? What is your favorite Starbucks blend ever? What do you order when you splurge on a fancy coffee?

Share in the comments!

Have a great week everyone!

Cheers,

Claire

 

Watch out for new #Google360 concepts via Pulsar #TechTuesday #TechNews

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Good news for those keeping a watch on Google’s Smartwatch 360! Looks like some speculation has been raised about what sort of features Google has in mind for this well deserved hyped-up watch!

I know my wonder has been the social media capabilities. And if Google DOES have any plans to model it’s watch after the Pulsar – well then it looks like all worries can be washed away. For according to this article, Google has been eying the conceptional Pulsar watch.

For more on this article, click over here: Smartwatch Fans and for more about the Pulsar watch, check this out: Pulsar Concepts.

But I want to know from YOU: what features are you most looking forward for the 360? Do you have any fears that they will leave something out? Or are you over the Smartwatch phase already? Comment below!

Thanks tech fans!

Cheers,

Claire

The World of #HarryPotter Returns From the Bard Herself!

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Fellow Potter fans: rejoice!


Though to be a short story much like “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them”, Rowling has promised us a sneak peak into the Potter Universe.


Can’t get enough of Quidditch? Wish you could be a Keeper or a Beater? Well Ms. Rowling has granted your wish! Okay, so she granted one of them, you can still only be on a Quidditch team in your imagination.


So polish your Nimbus and grab your Snitch’s – Quidditch is back in session!


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I had no idea that Pottermore.com was an interactive world of Harry Potter. I thought it was just a website that sold the e-books of Harry Potter. I think I will definitely check it out!


Question to my awesome readers: Are you sad it’s just a short story, or excited she is dipping back into Harry’s world? Do you think this means she has some kind of other story in works? I heard about the movie, but maybe she has more planned! One can hope, right?


I for one, am excited!


But what do you think? Share in the comments below!




Hope everyone has an awesome week! As always, thanks for checking out Life, Muse and Coffee!



Cheers,



Claire

First EVER Friday Fun Facts – don’t miss it!

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Hey friends!

Another evening post, but this week has been busy, busy, busy! In an awesome way. Nothing too big to report though except last night I had an idea for LMC: Fun Fact Friday!

But this ISN’T your average Friday Fun Fact.

Instead of only giving you one fact on Friday I’m giving you FIVE. They say you learn something new every day. And I’m putting that to the test.

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Every weekday I’ll clip something cool from the Interwebs and share it with you on my weekly show. These facts will be interesting, silly, random and perhaps even thought-provoking!

Here is episode one! Usually won’t be so “late” but hey, it is Friday!

 

What did YOU learn this week? I wanna know! So tell me in the comments :)

Cheers,

Claire