FUN STUFF.

February 4th, 2016

Go grab a cup of tea. Or anything you like.

We are going to talk about fun stuff!

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Yesterday I asked you for suggestions on movies and tv series I could check out, so now it’s my turn to share some of the things I enjoy… so take a seat, get comfy, and sip on your hot drink!

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Edgar is having troubles finding a comfortable spot.

I want to touch on books, music, movies and games; for each I selected 3 to talk about – not necessarily my favourites, but rather the ones I’m most in the mood for, or the ones I believe more people could enjoy.

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So let’s begin with books:
  1. “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” by Shirley Jackson. This book *is* my favorite, it has been since I’ve first read it last year, after being recommended to me. It’s a short read, but it’s rich in content. I have a tattoo inspired by one of the things the protagonist keeps repeating to herself in the book. I was also pleasantly surprised to find out that Stoker, one of my favorite horror movies, is based off of this book (not entirely, but it was enough for me to be happy about it);
  2. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare. I remember reading this book a few times during my high school years, and finding it extremely fascinating. This was probably the piece that pushed me to read more classics;
  3. “Kitchen” by Banana Yoshimoto. It was gifted to me by a friend after I told her about my love for Yoshimoto’s work; I read it in a day, once again it’s very short, but to me, this book is amazing. It was the author’s first piece and after reading it, I felt incredibly inspired to start writing my own book, Dream House (coming out in English in April). Don’t get me wrong, my story has nothing to do with Kitchen, but the way the writer was able to narrate and describe so well from the very beginning, showed me that I shouldn’t be afraid to put myself out there. Her first novel was a masterpiece, I’m aware I need way more practice to reach that kind of level, but the point is that all of her work always deeply inspired me and motivated me; not to mention how well I can relate to her characters and how much I truly enjoy reading through anything she writes.

 

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Moving onto movies, these aren’t any of my favourites, but I will explain you why I picked them:
  1. “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (2015). Okay, well… I know I just said this wouldn’t be one of my favourites, but it’s definitely on my top 10 list. I was invited last year by FOX to an early screening in London: as soon as I watched the trailer, I knew I was going to love it. And I was not disappointed, even in the slightest, by watching the movie. It’s brilliant, it’s creative, it’s heart-warming but in a non-cheesy way. This movie was realistic, which I appreciate. It’s clever. I could watch it over and over again without getting tired of it. And trust me when I say that, because I was in a 8 hours flight that only played 3 movies on repeat and this was the one I chose.
  2. “The Squid and the Whale” (2005). A recent find for me, although it has been around for a long time. I picked it up a few weeks ago, simply intrigued by the title. Once again, it’s a realistic movie, not happy, not sad; just very interesting to me. As I was watching it I could overall enjoy the vibe of it, but to be fair, the reason why I liked this movie so much, comes from the very last scene. It gave me chills, it just wrapped up the movie so perfectly.
  3. “The Room” (2003). Now, this one isn’t your typical movie. Before you call me crazy, or look up reviews, give me a moment to tell you about it. I was shown this film last year, and since then I have shown it to so many of my friends – the reactions are always priceless. It’s just so bad it’s amazing, and anyone who has seen it will tell you the same. It becomes part of your daily life, you will be quoting it often when it doesn’t even make sense. You just won’t be able to help it. So if you get the chance, give it a go, but make sure you are watching it with friends, otherwise there would be no fun in doing it. You would just think I’m a weirdo.

 

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Next up on the list is music, which I find kind of challenging to talk about but will try my best for you:
  1. “In Rolling Waves” by The Naked & Famous. They are my favorite band, they have been since they brought out their first album and every single song is just so unique compared to anything else I came across. They have a very specific style, you will hear it immediately, and that’s how I know that no matter what, their music will always sound enjoyable to me;
  2. “Post Tropical” by James Vincent McMorrow. This guy’s voice is incredible, his talent is very obvious. He isn’t a very popular artist; his music is soft, alternating slow moments with quick, loud ones, managing to keep a nice balance. The way he matches the background sounds to his words is impressive. You will have to give it a listen for yourself, I can’t promise this will be of your taste, but I personally always go back to his songs;
  3. “Coexist” by The XX. Another extremely interesting band. I believe they reached some popularity after composing a piece for “The Great Gatsby” (which was amazing, in case you were wondering / both the moving and the song) but once again their songs have something special about them. Some could definite them as “trippy” and would be right, but in my opinion they also tell a story. One song after the other.

 

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Finally, let’s focus on games:

  1. Neko Atsume, Kitty Collector. I’m looking forward to the dog version of this app, but for now cats will do. It’s really fun, nothing too crazy happens, but you get to buy food and toys for cats in hopes that you will collect all of them;
  2. Undertale, the game everybody is talking about. It makes sense, it’s a great game. I got half way through and then smashed my laptop, so I had to restart the game, which isn’t a bad thing as depending on how you play it, you will get a different ending. I’m trying my best to go for the pacifist route.
  3. Sushi Go! This little card game is simply a must have, it’s so fun and easy to play, and the packaging is so tiny that it makes it easy to bring it to parties. The rules are simple, and it’s not a very long game. I highly recommend it.

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Looks like these guys finally got comfortable.

 

Oh! What a long, descriptive post. I hope you found something new you will try/watch/play/listen to. If you had to pick one favorite for each category, what would you go for? (not between the ones I listed).
Have a fun day, Marzia.

98 thoughts on “FUN STUFF.

  1. Ludovica

    Sono molto curiosa di leggere kitchen! Neko Atsume è un’ossessione, ho contagiato anche il mio ragazzo e ora passiamo il tempo a parlare di gatti e gomitoli come due scemi ahaha :3 prova ad ascoltare i Lullatone, la loro musica è così dolce e rilassante! xx

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  2. Ashley

    Hi, I know this is probably one in a million comments, but a good series with two books the first is called “The Young Elites” and the second is “Rose Society” they are both so interesting with a dark twist. They’re told from the villain’s point of view and they’re really good!

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  3. icaweng

    I am very interested in the novel “We Have Always Lived in the Castle”. I love reading, and as I am in school right now, a short read will best suit me! Going to check if the local library had it ^^

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  4. Nancy

    Hi! :3
    I guess in books I would go for… The valley of the wolves by Laura Gallego García or the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The first one was I dunno, Maybe I just love fantasy and almost impossible romances It was nice and if you can make me cry… I will most likely like your book XD And well, I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t like The Little Prince it makes you reflect so much in life……. I just really like it, this one made me cry too….

    For movies… hmmm…. I really like Forrest Gump! Like, is there something this guy didn’t do?! XD Life is like a box of chocolates… (dear goodness, like, he even met Elvis! OMG! I wish I could meet Elvis too…)
    Also, any Disney movie… they’re all great… I can’t choose…

    And for music…… wow…. a hard one………… One of my favorite bands is Sabaton, they are a Swedish metal band and, dear goodness, is their music good! I love that most of their songs are about historical events! being the big history nerd I am… Uprising, Cliffs of Gallipoli, The Final Solution, Carolus Rex, all great songs by them
    But I also love classical… Beethoven is just… well he needs to be mentioned… I love Fur Elise.
    And.. Folk…
    I listen to a lot of gospel too, Matthew West, For King and Country, Hillsong… Christian music helps me get through hard times… I have anxiety, and listening to some uplifting music helps me keep going on…

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  5. krista

    Interesting list, I’ll definitely look into your suggestions. My personal favourites, if I had to pick three, one under each category… this will be difficult to narrow…
    1. Hamlet. I know soo cliche, but I’ve read most of his work and this one always stuck with me. On the flip side I usually indulge in comics (Locke and Key series by Joe Hill aka: Stephen King’s son – great horror series) and fantasy novels.
    2. For movies, I love Before Sunrise by Richard Linklater (and the others two movies that follow after it). It’s a rom movie but this is not your typical rom movie. They literally just talk for the entire length of the movie and you somehow become soo engrossed in the characters conversations that you forget an hour and half went by.
    3. Never got into Neko Atsume, maybe I will some day, but for now my friend restored my love for playing board games. A recent game we played was called Ticket to Ride.

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  6. Felicity

    After seeing you suggest “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” by Shirley Jackson twice now I am really considering reading it

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  7. Danyk

    Here are some of my favorates (i’m not going to explain why because my english is really bad)
    1. Books: Charlotte Sometimes
    2. Movies: Into the Wild
    3. Music: Blonde Redhead, Radiohead, Marillion, Portishead
    4. Games: Undertale

    I also really love your blog Marzia, it’s so much fun to read and i can relate to a lot of things. Thank you 🙂

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  8. Kei Cyanyan

    Oh my gosh i cant believe i havent known you made a blogsite until now.
    Im gonna look forward to it so just keep having fun posting what you want okay?
    And these are awesome suggestions. Im interested in checking them out~

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  9. mrsaufziehvogel

    When I saw a few of your favourites on Youtube I noticed that we seem to have a similar taste in literatur/books.
    So I wanted to give you some suggestions:

    1. all books from Hiromi Kawakami – especially: “Strange Weather in Tokyo” and “The Nakano Thrift Store”
    (I hope these are the correct titles of the books, cause I onley read them in german)

    2. and as you probably know, many of Haruki Murakami’s pieces.
    “Afterdark” and “1Q84” are the best to me.

    I also think of “Kitchen” as a really special book (and by far the best book from Banana in my opinion).

    I hope that some of my suggestions will be in use to you … maybe you read them already.

    Have a great weekend.
    Greetings from NRW in Germany 🙂 ❤

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  10. Karan Bahadur Shah

    Books: The Naked and the Dead
    Movies: Friendship (My Own) else, The Pursuit of Happyness.
    Music: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri (Always, FOREVER!!!)
    Games: Anything that involves killing. My current favorite is Dying Light.

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  11. A SOPHIEsticated Blog

    Books – Your book choices are so interesting! Midsummer’s Night Dream is my favorite out of all of Shakespeare’s works! I’ll try looking into Kitchen 🙂 Have you tried reading Everyday by David Levithan, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, or Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson? It’s a good read!

    As for the films – YES! Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is ❤ (especially the book)! Try watching Song of the Sea! I think you will love it as it focuses on Irish folklore and the art / animation is just amazing.

    Music – I've never heard of them, but I would definitely check them out! ❤

    Games – NEKO ATSUME! Oh my goodness, I just have the worst luck in that game! Not a single cat has shown itself to me ever since I've played it (minus the tutorial, of course). They literally just eat and leave 😦 I'll try my luck with the dogs though The Giver Quartet (Lois Lowry)
    Films -> The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Music -> Owl City
    Games -> Knights of Pen and Paper (+1)! 😀

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  12. hannah

    “We have always lived in the castle” made me curious, and now its on my to-read list! Please make more of these posts, i love discovering new things to try, especially books 🙂

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  13. sylviawolf13

    Marzia I don’t know if you’ll see this comment not but you should read series of unfortunate events if you hadn’t already.

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  14. Taryn

    Marzia!

    You should read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. You would definitley love it, I did! Also I heard it would be made into a movie soon. Have a good day and tell me if you read it 🙂

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  15. Hiroto

    Oh wow, what a coincidence ! I just read We have always lived in the castle yesterday ! I picked it without knowing why I was in for. I read it in 2 hours top, it was damn impossible for me to let go of the book, it really hit me. I’m still thinking about it, and all the symbolism. I found it so interesting to read and yet completely understable. (I mean, you know, when everyone praise the cleverness of a book and you just feel stupid because you don’t see what is grand or smart about ? I had the opposite feeling about this book.)
    Also, the fact that I immensely empathized with Merricat, silly Merricat is a funny and creepy thing to me. That was very well-written for us reader to understand her.
    Man, I just love the book. And also, Penguin ed. has the best covers. (the french one is just… a castle. meeeeh nothing really creative or nothing that translate the feelings of the book)

    Now I will definitely chek out Banana Yoshimoto’ work ! I trust your taste 😀 Also, consider reading the book of me and earl and the dying girl if you have the time :D. I grew tired of the trope of “sick children” established by John Green, but this book hit me in the feels, and I found it more clever than some.

    If you like japanese litterature and kinda creepy thing, and also decadence, then Murakami RYU’s (and not Haruki) books could interest you, I think.

    On another note, I really like your blog, and I hope we can inspire you in the comment section as much as you inspire us ! I’ll try to comment often, especially if you talk about books (i’m a bookseller so…. yeah… that’s a huge thing to me).

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  16. Madeline

    Hi Marzia!
    I just wanted to let you know that I bought We Have Always Lived in a Castle and completely read it in one day! I loved the book so much and can completely understand why it is your favorite, I think it has to be one of mine now too! I could relate so much to Merricat and Constance that it just really felt like I was connected to the book. If you have any other suggestions I’d love to hear it!
    I think you would like The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. She retells old fairy tales into a horror story and it’s super creepy and kind of gory and she makes all of the princesses and female characters really strong that it’s just a great read. I think you’d really enjoy it!
    Love your blog and can’t wait for your next post,
    Madeline

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  17. Ray Pai

    Ah I love your recomendations! I just got in to reading again, and it seems like we have pretty similar tastes!
    I will check out these books, and I hope to read more recomendations from you! I also look forward to purchase your book once it is released in english! ❤

    ALSO a recomendation to you: The book – Snakes and earrings by Yukio Ninagawa
    I think you would like it! It's short, but yet really powerful! Japan also made a film of this book! But I havent found any with subs yet! But you should deff try it out! ;v;/ !

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  18. Karen

    As soon as I started reading this post, I prepared a cup of tea and some snacks, got comfortable. It was really enjoyable! 🙂 Thank you ❤

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  19. Alexia

    Thanks for the recommendations! They all sound interesting, especially Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (I’ve been interested in both reading the book and watching the book, but I haven’t done either yet, might as well look for the movie :p) and Kitchen, since I have some friends that read it for school and say it’s amazing (I read instead After Dark by Haruki Murakami, which is not precisely my favorite book ever and it might be a somewhat slow read -despite the book being fairly short-, but I would still recommend it to you, because there is something so special about how the book is written, the camera zoom and angle like descriptions that sets you as a spectator and nothing more, but at the same time makes you yearn to do something, to break the fourth wall and actually interact with the characters, and there’s also the fact that the characters are all at certain point relatable, and it might make you feel a loneliness that is both sad and beautiful). Also, the games seem pretty cool 🙂 I look forward to trying all these 😀

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  20. Juliane

    Thanks for the suggestions Marzia!! Specially for Undertale 🙂 I watched Pewds playing it for a bit and it looks interesting, I need to try sometime. And I wanna read your book!! I hope I can find it in Brazil someday… Have a nice day ❤

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  21. Sidney Cushman

    Hi Marzia 🙂 Thanks for sharing all of this (it must be strange sharing such a big part of yourself with the world). I love The Naked and Famous also and will definitely look into your other suggestions! Have you ever listened to Fever Ray? Super weird, but totally my jam. I hope you have a happy day. Sidney
    https://fromsidseyes.wordpress.com/

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  22. Saskia

    Buongiorno Marzia! 🙂
    Because you are reading lots and lots of books I wanted to ask you something (or maybe another italian marzipan):
    At the moment I am learning Italian and wanted to know some book, maybe for children, to improve. I know they exist in diffrent levels so can someone help me please? Thx a lot!!!

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  23. Maria

    Hi Marzia! I just bought the “Post Tropical” and it’s simply amazing! Thanks for sharing! Do you have all these in Vinyl Discs?

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  24. MARIA

    As you said a cup of my fav tea from when i went to turkey! And i Have to say, im glad i open this post, really got into Post Tropical. THNKS 🙂

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  25. Ana

    I love reading your blog! And your pugs are so cute!

    I wanted to leave a comment suggesting a book I think you would enjoy haha it’s called “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” it’s a very short read and has the depth of any lengthy novel should.

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