Tag: The Television Tag

I was tagged by Leslie, Jamsu, and Siobhan to do the television tag! I don’t watch a ton of TV anymore, but I’m still really excited to do this one.


Favorite shows?

I’m at least a season behind on all of these shows that are still running, but still! My favorites!

  • The Good Place
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • Riverdale
  • Veronica Mars
  • New Girl
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • One Day at a Time
  • Crazy Ex Girlfriend
  • Freaks and Geeks
  • Fresh Off the Boat
  • Community
  • Masterchef (& Masterchef Junior)

Favorite genre?

As you can probably tell from my list of favorite shows, I really like sitcoms.

Least favorite show?

Like Leslie and Jamsu, I have a really hard time getting into reality TV.

Most re-watched show/favorite show to binge watch?

Maybe Bob’s Burgers? The episodes never get old. Same with Community.

Do you prefer watching things week-by-week or binge-watching?

I prefer binge-watching just because I can decide how much I want to watch at a time. If I get really into a show (like One Day at a Time) I’ll just watch the whole season in one sitting. That doesn’t happen very often though.

Favorite television characters?

  • literally anybody from The Good Place
  • Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Tina from Bob’s Burgers
  • Troy and Abed from Community
  • Jughead from Riverdale
  • Jessica from Fresh Off the Boat
  • probably more but I’m kind of drawing a blank right now

Favorite television ships?

  • Betty and Jughead from Riverdale
  • Tina and Jimmy Jr. from Bob’s Burgers
  • Nick and Jess from New Girl

Show you could never get into?

Everybody I work with is obsessed with The Vampire Diaries and I just never cared about it.

Show you fell out of love with?

  • Orange is the New Black
  • Stranger Things

Cancelled too soon?

  • Freaks and Geeks! I would have loved to see what happened to the characters if it had even gotten one more season.
  • Selfie! This show was so great and I loved all of the characters and I’m so sad that it was just abruptly cancelled.
  • I also have to agree with Jamsu on Dollhouse! I loved that show!
  • Pushing Daisies! Such a great show!

Guilty pleasure show?

Just like I don’t believe in guilty pleasure books, I don’t really believe in guilty pleasure shows.

What are you currently watching?

Nothing! Sorry I’m so boring!


It seems like a lot of people have already done this tag, so I’m not going to tag anyone in particular. If you want to do it, though, please consider yourself tagged and link back to this post so I can see your answers! What’s your all-time favorite show? What’s your favorite ship? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Reading Challenge Update

Somehow February is already done. I don’t even really know how it happened since I swear it just started, but here I am again with another reading challenge update.

Monthly Motif is a reading challenge hosted by girlxoxo.

February’s theme was cover love and I read two books for this prompt:

March’s theme is royalty, kingdom, empires, governments and please feel free to recommend something for me! I’m sure I have plenty of books on my TBR that fit this theme, but I’m drawing a blank right now.

I read a total of 22 books in February, which is a lot better than I did in January. I’m currently 16 books ahead in my goal of reading 100 books this year.

Popsugar hosts a reading challenge every year. You can find out more information on their website.

Eleven of the books I read in February counted toward the Popsugar Reading Challenge. The prompts I checked off in February include:

I ended up checking off a lot more of the Popsugar prompts in February than I thought I would!

Romanceopoly is a reading challenge hosted by Under the Covers and Peace Love Books.

I’ll be honest — I’m not doing too well at the Romanceopoly reading challenge. I checked off two prompts in February. I’m going to have to plan this one out better in the coming months, or there’s no way I’ll ever finish!

The prompts I checked off were:

Modern Mrs. Darcy hosts a reading challenge every year. You can find more information on the website.

I might not have done so great with Romanceopoly in February, but Modern Mrs. Darcy is almost done! I checked off seven prompts and only have four left.

The prompts I completed include:

Once again, I waited until the very last second to finish three books that I’ve owned for more than three months, but I did finally succeed. The books I read in February were:


How are you doing on your reading challenges? Do you have any recommendations for me? Let’s talk in the comments!

Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • I have actually managed to not acquire any books this week.

1 thing this week:

  • It’s been quite a week since my last update! I had a great Valentine’s weekend involving chocolate fondue and a quick trip to NYC. I found out that I’m getting the keys to my new apartment next Thursday, which is pretty much the most exciting thing ever. And now I’m sick for the first time in over two years. But that just means more reading time, I guess.

Blog hopping:

  • Siobhan discussed the latest Twitter controversy featuring ARCs.

Song of the week:

I was just sitting in my bedroom earlier this week and got a really intense urge to just listen to some old fun. songs. I think my favorite of their really old songs is The Gambler.

Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2018

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! It seems like the time has finally come to choose my top ten books of 2018 out of the 200+ books I’ve read this year. This is a little bit of an intimidating challenge, but I’m going to do my best. These ten books are in no particular order.

You might notice that all of these are fiction! I might do a top non-fiction list on another day. 🙂


The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

my review

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…



The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

my review

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. 

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. 

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard. 


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

my review

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?


Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

my review

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. 

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.


Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

my review

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern-day Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?


Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

my review

The story of the heart can never be unwritten.

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother…only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.

Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love. 


What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

my review

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is? 


Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

my review

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.


Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

my review

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.


Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley

my review

Debut author Alex Evansley delivers a sweet summer romance in this inventive novel about a young heartthrob and teen author falling in love.

Teddy Sharpe is kind of famous. He might actually be on his way to being really famous, especially if he’d nailed an audition for the lead role in the movie adaption of the newest bestselling young adult book series. There’s just one problem: He totally blew the audition. And he’s stuck in a tiny North Carolina airport. And his maybe-ex-girlfriend kind of just broke up with him.

The weekend isn’t exactly looking good until Bennett Caldwell, author of the very book series he just auditioned for, takes pity on him and invites him to her family’s lake house. Away from the glitz and glam of Hollywood for a few days, Teddy starts to relax . . . and somehow he and Bennett just click. But dating is hard enough when you aren’t the subject of several dozen fanblogs, and the Internet is full of juicy gossip about Teddy and Bennett . . . gossip that Bennett might not be prepared to handle.

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Alex Evansley’s debut novel, written from both Bennett and Teddy’s perspectives, will have teens laughing, swooning, and falling in love along with these fantastically relatable characters.


Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! What were your top books of 2018? Have you read any of these? Let’s talk in the comments!

Monthly Motif: December Update

It’s time for another Monthly Motif reading challenge update! December was pretty much a freebie month and I decided to redo October’s theme and go with new or old. The goal was to read as many books as I could that had been published in 2018 and that I’d previously bought for myself… but I didn’t really take into consideration travel plans, and I didn’t do as well as I might have hoped.

Books read:

Books not read:

  • Anything else!! I had hoped to read more books than this, but there’s always next year!

PreviouslyJanuary | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November

Tag: Bookish Naughty or Nice

I’ve seen this bookish naughty or nice tag floating around a lot recently and was so happy to see that Stephen had tagged me!


RULES

  • Tag & link the person who tagged you
  • Tag and link me/this post
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
  • Tag another 10 people!

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it  

First one and I’m already guilty. I have a couple ARCs from when I very first started blogging that I haven’t read and reviewed yet. These days, though, I make sure to review every ARC I get within a reasonable amount of time.

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ❌ 

Nope! My feedback ratio is currently 98% and it would be higher if I submitted some recent reviews. 

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) 

I’m better about this now, but I used to be very bad about promising full reviews and never posting them.

4. Folded down the page of a book ❌ 

No!

5. Accidentally spilled on a book ❌ 

I have never spilled on a book, but I have accidentally dropped a book in the bath.

6. DNF a book this year 

I rarely DNF, but I have DNFed two books this year.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it ❌

I have bought books purely because they’re pretty, but I always intend to read them eventually.

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✅

Yes, absolutely. I read while I should be doing many other things.

9. Skim read a book 

I’m definitely guilty of skimming if I’m not really into a book! (Or if I’m slogging through a boring section.)

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal ❌

Nope! I like to set my Goodreads goal as something I can really easily achieve, otherwise I get stressed out that I’m not reading enough.

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it ❌

I assume we’re talking about the library here since there’s a question a little later about borrowing from friends. I have never not returned a book to the library, although one time in middle school I did forget that I had a book checked out for several months. (I eventually returned it, though.)

12. Broke a book buying ban ✅

Yes, all the time. I have no self-control when it comes to books.

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about 

I had this problem a lot a couple years ago when I would procrastinate on writing reviews until weeks after finishing the book. Now I try to write the review immediately so that this doesn’t happen.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading 

I have never written in the actual book, but I do often write on sticky notes.

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

Nope, every book I read goes on my Goodreads.

16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend ✅

A friend? No. My uncle? Yes. (Sorry.)

17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book ❌

No, I have no problem with lending my books.

18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book ❌

Never!

19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged ✅

Unfortunately, yes.

20. Sat on a book accidentally ✅

Yes.


FINAL SCORE: 10/20


It seems like a lot of people have already done this one, but if you haven’t, please consider yourself tagged and link back to me so I can see your answers!

Weekly Update

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS:

I’VE BEEN READING:

RECENTLY ACQUIRED:

2 THINGS THIS WEEK:

  • The only thing that really happened this week was my work holiday party! I work in a doctor’s office and we all wear scrubs every day, so it’s always fun to not only get really dressed up, but also see everybody else in their fancy clothes!
  • In book-related news, I’m in a little bit of a slump right now. I keep flipping between History Is All You Left Me, Wild Beauty, and Hotshot Doc in hopes that one of them will pull me out of that slump.

SONG OF THE WEEK:

I don’t actually hate Christmas parties, but we’re getting into Christmas song season and this song has been one of my favorites since I was in high school!