Top 10 Tuesday – November 15th, 2016


Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s time for another Top 10 Tuesday list. This is an original weekly blog meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a new bookish topic for bloggers to create a list about. If you want to know more about Top 10 Tuesday, click here!

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is a movie freebie, so I’ve chosen to do my top ten favorite movies of all time. As well as being a major book lover, I am also quite a big film lover. And though there are tons of newer films I love, I am a particular big old movie fan. Even though it’s incredibly difficult to narrow down my list, I absolutely love sharing my favorite movies with people and hearing what theirs are (and fangirling over common favorites!). So this post is going to be a bit less bookish today, and more of a personal, get to know me type post! 🙂

The Birdcage


This has to go on the list as my number one favorite movie of all-time. This movie is a classic to me and my family. Watching this every year (or multiple times a year, really!) when my aunt and uncle are in town has been a long-standing tradition in our family, and it was a sort of “rite of passage” thing when I was old enough to watch it with them for the first time. It is absolutely hilarious, and even though I’ve watched it a thousand times, I will never get tired of it!

Back to the Future


This is another movie that I can watch over and over again and never get tired of. I fell in love with this movie (or the whole trilogy, actually) when I was a little kid, and it has been a huge favorite of mine ever since.

To Kill a Mockingbird


I’m sure none of you are surprised by this one! My favorite book of all-time and, of course, one of my favorite movies. It is a brilliant adaptation of the novel—very faithful to the story—and the casting is top notch.

Little Miss Sunshine


This movie. Words cannot express how much I adore this movie. So many feels. ❤

It’s a Wonderful Life


This is my absolute favorite Christmas film. Not only is it an incredible movie in general, but it is also such a unique tale for the holiday season. While it has an ultimately happy ending, it’s quite a dark story overall. This has been a long-time favorite of mine, ever since I was a little kid.

Rear Window


I am a MAJOR Hitchcock fan and a MAJOR Jimmy Stewart fan, so of course, this is one of my favorite films of all time. Fantastic cast, fantastic and gripping storyline—I just love this movie. Never gets old!



Again, another Hitchcock favorite and another book to movie adaptation, though I have yet to read the novel. It’s the perfect mix of dark, mysterious, and romantic, with another stellar cast.

The Lego Movie


Everything is awesome…about this movie (heh…see what I did there?)! This is such an adorable, hilarious, fantastically quotable movie and I have been completely obsessed with it since I first saw it. Such a fun and feel-good movie.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


Okay, so really every single Harry Potter film is a favorite movie of mine, but this is my all-time favorite from the series. I’ve said before, from what I typically hear, I think I’m in the minority with this one, but Chamber of Secrets has always been my favorite of both the films and books (and the videogames!)!

The Avengers


This one was so difficult to choose because I absolutely adore every Marvel movie ever (or at least every Marvel Studios/recent Marvel character movie ever). But after much thought, I had to choose The Avengers because it is the film that reinvigorated by love of Marvel from when I was a little kid. And even though I don’t think it is the absolute best of the recent films they’ve made, it has a very fond place in my heart. I will always completely adore this movie! ❤

What are some of your favorite movies (book related or otherwise)? Do we have any top favorites in common? Let me know in the comments!




The Get To Know Me Tag



I’m currently traveling, so this is a scheduled post. At this point, I’m uncertain what my ability to access the Internet will be like while I’m gone, so I may not be able to respond to comments right away. I’ll definitely be back with regular access to the blog next week! 🙂


I was tagged to do the Get To Know Me tag by my lovely blogger friend Anna from over at My Bookish Dream! Thank you so much for tagging me! Anna is an absolutely wonderful book blogger, so please make sure to stop by and check out her blog! 🙂


gettoknowmetagpicName: Ariana
Nicknames: Ari is the nickname that I go by most frequently. I also have a ton of random ones that certain family and friends call me (including “Ajax”, which is my best friend’s nickname for me!).
Birthday: July 18th
Star Sign: Cancer
Occupation: None at the moment.


Hair Color: Brown/Dark Brown/Red
Hair Length: Extremely long! Like down to my butt long! …I really need to get a haircut…
Eye Color: Darkish brown with some gold bits.
Best Feature: My smile? 🙂
Braces: I used to have them back in elementary school, but I don’t currently.
Piercings: Lots! 10 total at the moment, all in my ears!
Tattoos: None at the moment!
Right or Left: Right.


Real holiday: For years, my family had a tradition of going to the beach for one or two weeks every summer, so the first one after I was born was probably the first real holiday I ever had.
Best friend: My first best friend was a girl that I met on the first day of preschool. We aren’t really close anymore, but we’ve still kept in touch at times over the years.
Award: I’m pretty sure it was a choral award.
Sport: I’m fairly certain my first sport was either swimming or tennis, which, coincidentally, are pretty much the only two sports that I am remotely competent at!
Concert: Okay, so I am primarily (at the moment) a classical musician that grew up in a family of classical musicians, so I’ve both been to and performed in countless classical concerts over the years. My first ever concert was most likely a classical concert, though I don’t recall what it was. At this point, I’ve actually only ever been to two non-classical concerts, but my first one of those was Maroon 5!



Film: My favorite film of all time is The Birdcage! ❤
TV Show:
My favorite TV show of all time is Frasier, but my favorite shows that are currently still airing episodes are Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Game of Thrones.
Color: Black.
Song: I definitely don’t have one favorite song! I listen to so much music, and my favorites are always changing. One song I’ve currently been listening to a lot is Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time by Panic at the Disco.
Restaurant: I don’t think I really have a favorite restaurant. I have plenty that I really like, but none really stand out as a particular favorite.
Shop: Barnes & Noble? Target? GameStop? Do those count? 😛
Way too many to list! My top three are: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and A Monster Calls.

Shoes: Converse!



Feeling: Tired! 😛
Single or Taken: Single.
Eating: Nothing at the moment.
Thinking about: This blog post! And the trip that I have coming up.
Watching: Right at this moment? One of my favorite streamers on Twitch playing the new Hitman game.
Wearing: A comfy, book related t-shirt (of course!) and shorts.


Want children: Not sure at the moment. Definitely not right now, but in a few years, who knows?
Want to be married:  Yep, definitely!
Careers in mind: First and foremost, I want to be a writer! Possibly a book and film reviewer, and I want to continue creative writing no matter what. I’m also very interested in screenwriting/filmmaking and voice acting.
Where you want to live: I’d love to live somewhere in Europe one day, probably in London or Prague.



God: Is it okay if I say still questioning/settling into my beliefs?
Miracles: I do sometimes, yes.
Love at first sight: Not love at first “sight”, but I definitely believe in love at first meeting/social interaction!
Ghosts: No, not really.
Aliens: It’s less that I believe in them and more that I really hope they exist! Haha 😀
Soul Mates: Totally!
Heaven: Yes.
Hell: No.
Kissing on the first date: Sure, why not, as long as you’re both on board with it!
Yourself: On a good day! 🙂

I Tag:

Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek

Zezee @ Zezee with Books

The Orang-utan Librarian

Emma @ The Terror of Knowing