The Stuck at Home Blog Tag

The Rules

• Thank the person that nominated you (I found this tag on Cranky Autistic and decided to join in!)

• Answer all the questions below

• Pingback to the creator: Ellyn at Allonsythornraxxbooks

• Nominate five other book bloggers to do this tag (or just leave it as a free-for-all)

What Are You Currently Reading? 

Tina Turner’s autobiography My Love Story. She writes like she’s having a chat with a friend, with all of her personality coming through.

What’s Your Favourite Can’t Leave The House Activity?

Connecting with people through blogging and social media. I don’t have a smart phone, so can’t do this out of the house, unless I’m in a free wi-fi area. I want to be fully engaged in the moment outside the house anyway.

A Book You’ve Been Meaning to Read?

The Velveteen Rabbit. I watched a cartoon film of it as a little kid and it was the first story that made me feel a crazy amount of emotions. “Whaaaaaaah!” “Yaaaaaaaaay!”

An Intimidating Book on Your TBR?

The last two books in the Otherworld series by Tad Williams. It’s very thick and pretty trippy and also disturbing in places so it was giving me vivid, hyper-real dreams of that nature. So literally and literary intimidating!

Top Three Books on Your TBR?

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (prequel to film Practical Magic)

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas (an urban drama about an up and coming female rapper)

Astragal by Albertine Sarrazin (Patti Smith loves this book)

Recommend a Short Book

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. A gritty neo-noir detective novel, covering race, the American dream, status, trust and self respect.

Recommend a Long Book

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. An amazing multi-layered story. The film and TV adaptation missed out entire plot lines which were vital to understanding the thing as a whole. Please just read the book instead.

Something You’d Love to Do While Stuck at Home? 

Get into baking but have someone else shop for ingredients, take it out of the hot oven and then tidy up and wash up afterward. So I’d be chucking stuff into a bowl, mixing and awkwardly rolling/folding and messily filling/icing, all the fun stuff basically! I’m heavily playing the Dyspraxia and chronic fatigue card here aren’t I, hehee!

What Book Do You Plan on Reading Next?

A comedy-drama about three more-mature women going on a road trip together through Italy, having fun and discovering lots of surprises about themselves and each other. Can’t for the life of me remember who it’s by or what it’s called! It’s my light summer read for when I’m brain fogged in the heat (appropriate vague answer then I guess).

Hope you found my (slightly random) answers interesting. I’m not tagging anyone as I don’t want them to feel pressured in this weirdest of times, so if you want to join in, then just join in!

Tag me in your post so I can have a read of your answers and please make sure you mention the original creator Ellyn (link above).


The Ultimate Film List Challenge

Put an emoji against each film you’ve seen, count them up and see how you did!

I got 162 out of 225

The Revenant 🙋🏻‍♀️

Rocky Horror Picture Show 🙋🏻‍♀️

Grease 🙋🏻‍♀️

Pirates of the Caribbean franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Harold Lloyd Safety Last 🙋🏻‍♀️


Fight Club 🙋🏻‍♀️


Maze Runner franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

The Great Gatsby 🙋🏻‍♀️

Neverending Story

Blazing Saddles

Airplane 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Princess Bride 🙋🏻‍♀️

Anchorman 🙋🏻‍♀️

Crazy Rich Asians

A Few Goodmen🙋🏻‍♀️

In The Line of Fire🙋🏻‍♀️

How to Train Your Dragon films 🙋🏻‍♀️

Napoleon Dynamite 🙋🏻‍♀️

Labyrinth 🙋🏻‍♀️


Step Brothers 🙋🏻‍♀️

White Noise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Some Like It Hot🙋🏻‍♀️

50 First Dates

The Princess Diaries 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Nightmare Before Christmas 🙋🏻‍♀️

Scream franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Dark Crystal🙋🏻‍♀️

Ginger Snaps🙋🏻‍♀️

Edward Scissor Hands🙋🏻‍♀️

Superbad 🙋🏻‍♀️

Million Dollar Baby 🙋🏻‍♀️

Harry Potter franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Resident Evil 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Wedding Singer 🙋🏻‍♀️

Lilo & Stitch 🙋🏻‍♀️

Finding Nemo 🙋🏻‍♀️

Finding Neverland 🙋🏻‍♀️

Jurassic Park films 🙋🏻‍♀️

Signs 🙋🏻‍♀️

My Neighbour Totoro 🙋🏻‍♀️

Coralline 😱

White Chicks 🙋🏻‍♀️

Butterfly Effect 🙋🏻‍♀️

13 Going on 30

iRobot 🙋🏻‍♀️


Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 🙋🏻‍♀️

Universal Soldier🙋🏻‍♀️

Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Devil Wears Prada 🙋🏻‍♀️

Deep Impact! 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Gridiron Gang 🙋🏻‍♀️

Never Been Kissed 🙋🏻‍♀️

Meet The Parents 🙋🏻‍♀️

10 Things I Hate About You🙋🏻‍♀️

Mean Girls 🙋🏻‍♀️

A Knights Tale🙋🏻‍♀️


The Terminal 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants🙋🏻‍♀️

Baby Driver

Dumb & Dumber 🙋🏻‍♀️

Final Destination franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️


The Ring

Bad Santa🙋🏻‍♀️

Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Mrs Doubtfire 🙋🏻‍♀️

Rock of Ages🙋🏻‍♀️

Practical Magic 🙋🏻‍♀️

Chicago 🙋🏻‍♀️

Ghost Ship 🙋🏻‍♀️

From Hell 🙋🏻‍♀️


Secret Window 🙋🏻‍♀️

I Am Sam 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Truman Show🙋🏻‍♀️

The Day After Tomorrow 🙋🏻‍♀️

Hunger Games franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Child’s Play

Seed of Chucky

Bride of Chucky 🙋🏻‍♀️

P.S. I Love You🙋🏻‍♀️

Just Married 🙋🏻‍♀️


Sixteen Candles

Coach Carter 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Grudge

The Mask 🙋🏻‍♀️

Bad Boys franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Joy Ride

Lucky Number Slevin


Alien Franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Ocean’s Eleven 🙋🏻‍♀️

Ocean’s Twelve🙋🏻‍♀️

Ocean’s Thirteen🙋🏻‍♀️

Howls Moving Castle🙋🏻‍♀️

Bourne franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Bond franchise (new)🙋🏻‍♀️

Black Swan 🙋🏻‍♀️

Kingsman: The Secret Service 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Princess and the Frog (Disney)🙋🏻‍♀️

The Mummy franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Predator franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Fog 🙋🏻‍♀️

Ice Age franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel🙋🏻‍♀️

Independence Day 🙋🏻‍♀️


A Bronx Tale

Darkness Falls

Christine 🙋🏻‍♀️

ET 💗

Children of the Corn

Leon 🙋🏻‍♀️

Maid in Manhattan 🙋🏻‍♀️

War of the Worlds 🙋🏻‍♀️

Rush Hour franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Best Bet

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 🙋🏻‍♀️

She’s All That 🙋🏻‍♀️

Calendar Girls

Sideways 🙋🏻‍♀️

Mars Attacks 🙋🏻‍♀️

Event Horizon

Ever After

Wizard of Oz (original)🙋🏻‍♀️

Forrest Gump 🙋🏻‍♀️

Big Trouble in Little China 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Terminator franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Ant Man 🙋🏻‍♀️

Ant Man and the Wasp🙋🏻‍♀️

Die Hard franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Spider Man franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Batman franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Blade Runner🙋🏻‍♀️

Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers Creepers 2

Catch Me If You Can 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Little Mermaid 🙋🏻‍♀️

Freaky Friday 🙋🏻‍♀️

Reign of Fire

The Skulls

Cruel Intentions 🙋🏻‍♀️


Shrek️ franchise🙋🏻‍♀️


Miracle on 34th Street 🙋🏻‍♀️

Old School

The Notebook 🙋🏻‍♀️


Krippendorf’s Tribe

A Walk to Remember

Kidulthood films 🙋🏻‍♀️


The 40-year-old Virgin

Little Miss Sunshine🙋🏻‍♀️

Lord of the Rings franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Indiana Jones franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Basketball Diaries🙋🏻‍♀️


Do the Right Thing 🙋🏻‍♀️

House of 1000 Corpses

Devils Reject

Elf 🙋🏻‍♀️


Mothman Prophecies️

American History X🙋🏻‍♀️

The Jacket

Kung Fu Hustle

Shaolin Soccer

Night Watch

Monsters Inc 🙋🏻‍♀️

Titanic 🙋🏻‍♀️

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 🙋🏻‍♀️

Shaun Of the Dead 🙋🏻‍♀️

Legally Blonde🙋🏻‍♀️

High Tension

Club Dread

Hulk 🙋🏻‍♀️

Dawn Of the Dead 🙋🏻‍♀️

Hook 🙋🏻‍♀️

Mad Max (old or new)🙋🏻‍♀️

28 days later 🙋🏻‍♀️

Ghostbusters franchise🙋🏻‍♀️


Water World 🤣

Kill Bill Vol 1 🙋🏻‍♀️

Kill Bill Vol 2 🙋🏻‍♀️

Mortal Kombat

Wolf Creek

Kingdom of Heaven 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Hills Have Eyes

Miss Congeniality 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Last House on the Left


Army of Darkness

Star Wars franchise


The Irishman

The Matrix franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Evil Dead1

Evil Dead 2

Team America: World Police

Red Dragon 🙋🏻‍♀️

Silence of the Lambs 🙋🏻‍♀️

Hannibal 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Breakfast Club 🙋🏻‍♀️

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 🙋🏻‍♀️

Grown Ups

Dazed and confused

Natural Born Killers🙋🏻‍♀️

Pretty in Pink 🙋🏻‍♀️

Sweet Charity 🙋🏻‍♀️

Polar Express 🙋🏻‍♀️

American Werewolf in London 🙋🏻‍♀️

Fantastic Four 🙋🏻‍♀️


The Blindside 🙋🏻‍♀️

Inside Out

How did you do?

Let me know your score and what you want (or don’t want) to watch! I’ve got The Irishman, Joker and Inside Out on my watch list. I have no intention to watch any horror films – ever.


The Geeky Girl Tag

I know I’ve done this before but it was quite a while ago and likes and dislikes change over time, so I’m doing it again! I noticed this recently on A Geeky Gal and those are the questions I’m using today.

What is your must-have tech gadget?

It has to be my iPad. Here’s a pretentious thing to say – if I didn’t also have an iMac, I’d be lost without my iPad. Urgh, I know right!? I realise I’m very, very lucky to have both but I can’t choose between them as often they are my link to the outside world and company during the day, rather than just house plants and delivery drivers.

Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?

I’d have to say Gryffindor because it’s summed up by courage, honour, courtesy, justice, and a readiness to help the weak. I am a very full-on person when it comes to standing up for myself and calm when navigating possibly dangerous situations. I’ve always stood up for others too and have a very strong sense of fairness and justice.

Who is your favorite Doctor?

Has to be Christopher Eccleston, mainly as I fancy the arse off him.

If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?

If you look at how Spock behaves when he’s been on the Enterprise for a long time and how he logically thinks about problems but how he cares about others welbeing, I’m sure he’s an Aspie (although no one has ever officially confirmed this).

What is your gaming system of choice?

Playstation is what I had then and its what I have now, with a mostly ignored XBox in between.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

Teleportation. I would go on clothes shopping sprees (where I’d get to try stuff on, rather guessing sizes online) and buy free-from veggie food for lunch from my fave places. I’d visit cities and national parks around the world. I’d go on beach holidays but only for ten minutes at a time because of the heat. I’d do some superhero stuff too, of course but only after I’d finished my Humingbird cupcake from New York’s Magnolia Bakery.

What is your favorite fantasy world?

Rivendell. Just look at that architecture and nature!

If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?

This is a bit of weird answer but I look very different from most English people and from my family. I’m also an Aspie so I don’t get a lot of what people do. For instance in Manchester people say “Y’oright?” but they aren’t actually asking “Are you all right?” It’s just a way of saying “Hi”. But I find myself thinking they must be concerned about my health if I’m having a wobbly/fatigued day and genuinely answering them – doh! Also when people say “Yeah, we’ll have to catch up sometime.” I’m like “Ok, when?” then I realise they didn’t actually mean that either. So a lot of the time I feel like I’m already from some other race, from some other planet anyway.

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Trek as I think the new Star Trek Discovery series is engaging, well written and well acted and because Jason Issacs.

List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.

  • Westworld
  • Jessica Jones
  • Elementary
  • Santa Clarita Diet LOL
  • Extant
  • List your top 5 favorite video games. (26 years of gaming!)
  • Spyro The Dragon/Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Metal Gear Solid – The Phantom Pain/Titan Fall
  • Teken/Mortal Kombat
  • GTA/Any Winter X game
  • Devil Dice/8 Ball Pool

Hope you found my answers interesting and feel free to join in!


The Geeky Girl Tag

The Geeky Girl Tag

This tag has been going since the start of the year and was started by Zombie Goddess Beauty  but I came across it on A Geek Girls Guide. I’ve been under representing the geeky side of me on this blog recently so thought it would be a great tag to join in with!

1. What is your must-have tech gadget?

My Macbook Pro as it’s essential for blogging (the WordPress app on the iPad can be quite hit and miss) and for storing all of my photo’s.

2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?

So I’ve done a few of the sorting hat quizes to answer this question and decided to ignore the very mixed answers. I’m clever in an unconventional way, intense sometimes but open minded, creative, determined, street wise and have a strong sense of fairness and loyalty. So who knows!?

3. Who is your favorite Doctor?

I have never been able to take it seriously tbh But I’m willing to give the one’s with Peter Capaldy a go because he’s a fantastic actor.

4. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?

Captain Sean Renard from Grimm because he would appreciate the finer things. I doubt there would be any immediate threat of peril and if there was he’s pretty handy. He looks good in a suit and especially out of one incase we skipped desert.

5. What is your gaming system of choice?

I’m going to say the original Playstation because their are so many classic games on there that I love, like Spyro The Dragon, Crash Bandicoot, Cool Boarders, Tekken and Odd World and Devil Dice.

6. If you had a super power, what would it be?

I think a fair one would be Teleportation because I could visit countries that would be too hot or too cold for me to cope with IRL (which are a lot of them) and then just leave when I’d had enough. The second would be to have people notice I’m struggling because of chronic hidden illness and to offer to help me. Amazing for days when I’m exhausted and feeling week and/or brain foggy but I have shopping to do. However, that’s robbing people of their free will so not exactly fair!

7. What is your favorite fantasy world?

Most of the ones created by Studio Gibli and the Miyazaki’s as anything magical can happen there.

8. If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?

Sometimes I feel rather Vulcan but I think I’d quite like to be from Helion Prime (The Chronicles of Ridick) way before the Necromongers arrive obviously as they look like a nice people on a nice planet.

9. Star Trek or Star Wars?

I’ve tried to watch Star Wars three times and even as a kid I could never take it seriously when Jabba The Hut and other aliens would show up I’ll give The Last Jedi a chance though. I love the two modern Star Treck films and it’s really given me an appreciation for the type of man Spock is. I say ‘man’ rather than Vulcan deliberately, as he chooses to be his own man and make his own choices and not to just follow blindly what went before him.

10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.

Oh you are killing me with this question!

TV series – The Flash, Westworld, Jessica Jones, Grimm, The Man in the High Castle. Retro shout out to My So Called Life, Daria, Third Rock From The Sun and The Mysterious Cities of Gold.

Film – The Crow, Sin City, Terminator, Avatar, The Craft. Retro shout out to Teen Witch, Fright Night, Legend and Labyrinth.

11. List your top 5 favorite video games.

At the moment I’m stuck with C.O.D. on the Bloke’s PS4. Even though I like it, it gives me sensory overload after a few hours. If we are talking all time, I’ll go with Bounder (C64), Bubble Bobble (C64), Sonic The Hedgehog (Sega Mega Drive), Translworld Snow Boarding (XBox), Spiro The Dragon (PS1).


Me as a Pop! Cat edition

If you want to join in then here are the questions

1. What is your must-have tech gadget?
2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?
3. Who is your favorite Doctor?
4. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?
5. What is your gaming system of choice?
6. If you had a super power, what would it be?
7. What is your favorite fantasy world?
8. If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?
9. Star Trek or Star Wars?
10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.
11. List your top 5 favorite video games.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my answers and I’d love to know what you think!