March 2018 Wrap-Up

I honestly haven’t posted anything on a Saturday for more than 6 months straight. It’s strange, because this is usually my designated resting day from doing various things on my laptop, but since it’s the end of the month, I figured I might as well do the wrap-up post now. Before we get to the general monthly update, here are the books I managed to read:

Midnight Sun  King's Cage  Annihilation  Caraval (Caraval, #1)

Just like always, click on the title to get to the review on the blog and on the cover to get re-directed to Goodreads!

I don’t really know what to say about March. It wasn’t a very eventful month, but it also wasn’t the worst ever. Still without a job, I had to attend various workshops assigned by the unemployment office and while the content of those classes wasn’t really all that fascinating, I got out of the house on a schedule and got to meet a lot of interesting new people. It didn’t help me much with my job search, but it did help me realise something else. I don’t really want to talk about that publicly just yet, but I do have some new plans and I am at least somewhat excited about that.

I am so sorry for not posting anything new for Arcadia, but I am working on it more and more again. I have had some hiccups along the way, but the motivation definitely is there. It was more an issue of lack of energy this past month.

When I shared my insta profile for my art (katimpossibledraws) last month, I was really nervous. I know I am not bad, but it’s still just like sharing your stories with the world – exhilarating and nerve-wrecking at the same time. I am sooo happy to announce that I have surpassed 100 followers and that I have got amazingly positive feedback. The last three portraits I made were for a German mini-series/movies titled Ku’Damm 56 (or Season 2 was titled Ku’Damm 59) and one of the pages dedicated to it has shared my drawings and it got sooo many likes and nice comments. I hope it stays that way!

Lastly I just want to thank you all for getting the blog to 1 person away from 1800 WordPress followers. That is amazing!! I wish I could do some sort of giveaway to celebrate with you, but it’s just not possible right now. I promise to think of something when I get to 2000 though!!

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

You all have been so lovely and engaging on my blog, so I finally wanted to join the many people who lift up the other bloggers and share some of my favourite posts from this month from bloggers all around the blogosphere before doing the summary of my own posts. Please give them a visit if you have the time and not read it yet!

  • Analee has bravely opened up about the unspoken pressure of writing #ownvoices reviews.
  • Marie has discussed something that has been at the back of my mind for a while and has eloquently explained of how she sometimes struggles with the question of whether book blogging is still relevant.
  • Michelle has come up with a super fun (but also not that easy) way of talking about one’s very own WIP in Gifs!
  • Andie opened up a discussion on what she would like to see more of in YA reads.
  • Marta has started a YA book club and even though I am not currently able to take part, I think it’s a fabulous idea for the community. I think their first read will be Stalking Jack the Ripper and I have only heard amazing things about it.
  • The Orang-utan Librarian has started reviewing all the Game of Thrones seasons and I am absolutely living for it! They are always so great to talk about and I just love them, but I only wish we could get the final season right after she is done with her final season review. That would be the best, but alas HBO doesn’t grant wishes like that.

WRITING RELATED

ALL KINDS OF TAGS

#CURRENTLYWATCHING

TRAILER POSTS

So, that was my month! What did you think? What were some posts you enjoyed? Let’s talk!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Book Review)

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Page Count
: 402

When Caraval was released last year, I remember it being all the hype. People compared it to the Night Circus, which is one of my most favourite books in the world and therefore set standards very high. I bought one of the UK mystery hardcover editions very early on, but then soon realised that the hype was just too much and there was no way I could possibly enjoy it as much as I might have if I hadn’t heard a thing about it before. So, I waited and let some time pass to allow my brain to forget some of the things it had learned and I think that was a good call.

First of all, Caraval still wasn’t close to the Night Circus. Magic was there and it might have still been very intricate, but I feel like the focus of the story was less on enchanting the readers, but more on creating drama and putting all the characters in constant peril. As a whole, I still very much enjoyed the book. The story in itself was absolutely fascinating, but my issue was more along the lines of the characters.

Scarlett and I have a difficult relationship. I appreciate her undying devotion to her sister. I like that she has principals she is unwilling to relent on, but some of her behaviour just didn’t add up. Her past is tragic and I very much understand her mistrust in others after the abuse she has suffered from her father. However, she kept making the most naive decisions and wasn’t cautious with her trust at all. After a while, I was just constantly frustrated with her choices and and the people and things she chose to believe in or not believe in for that matter. Also, she constantly criticised her sister, Tella, for being impulsive, when literally none of her actions were thoroughly thought through. Speaking of Tella, she didn’t have the benefit of being present much in the story, but despite her overall motive of wanting to save Scarlett from a life in misery, she just still seemed utterly selfish to me.

I hear that the second book, Legendary, has Tella as a main character and that it is supposedly better than Caraval. I am definitely curious about how the story continues in the sequel, because Caraval was full of wonderful twists and turns and revelations. I call bullshit on anyone who claims to have predicted everything that happened in that book, because I am usually very good at spotting those kind of things and there was no way I could have guessed all of those twists.

In the sequel, I hope that we get to go a little bit more into detail on how Caraval actually works and that we get to find out more about Legend. I like a mysterious villain who may not be a villain at all.

 

Fazit: 4/5 stars! Liked the story more than the characters, if that makes any sense.

Have you been enchanted by Caraval? Is it a book you’d be interested in? Let’s chat!

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer (Book Review)

Publisher: MCD Fsg Original
Page Count
: 200

Once again, I have turned to Twitter to help me make a decision and once again the result was a tie (Why do you keep doing this to me?). So, I have made the decision to review the first book, Annihilation, of the Southern Reach trilogy and that I will do another post for the movie and the remaining books. I still haven’t watched it yet, just because I have heard that there are some parts of the other books in it, even if it is supposed to only be about the first one and I don’t want to be spoiled. But for those of you who wanted a big post about everything concerning this series, you will still get it when I am done reading and watching.

I went into this book with fairly low expectations, which probably helped me incredibly in getting completely sucked into the world. I can see how the writing might not be for everyone, as it is very factual and without many embellishments. I would even go so far as to call it cold and distant, but considering the setting we were in, I kind of appreciated that scientific detachment. In a way, it added a layer of realism to it more than a flowery language ever could.

You never find out the names of any of the people involved, our MC is simply called the biologist. She wants you to think that she is objective when she details what happened in Area X, but it is very clear that she had an agenda of her own when she got there. Some part of me never quite liked the biologist, but at the same time I could relate to her on so many levels. I understood her need for solitude and I share the same ability of completely getting lost in my work. And I might not be identical to her when it comes to friends and family, but I still sort of got her behaviour.

Despite everything this book is, I didn’t expect to also find a heartbreaking love story in it, but all the bits about the biologist and her husband gave me exactly that. I am not saying those parts were my favourite … but they kind of were. It was so much about letting people in, knowing them in ways no one else does and about how everyone needs something different from a relationship.

“I loved him, but I didn’t need him, and I thought that was the way it was supposed to be.”

Should you ever pick up this book, I hope you don’t expect to find answers in it. It is an enigma until the very end. It probably leaves you with more questions than you started out, but there is beauty in its mystery. I am very much looking forward to what the next books have in store for me, but I also have a feeling that we, as the readers, will never get that full picture of everything. Still, it is so very imaginative and chilling! I know I probably should have been scared (seen as this is a sort of Horror SciFi book? And I hate horror?) but I was weirdly fascinated instead. I am also very curious to see how that all translated to the screen, even though I already know that they changed quite a bit (and made it look scarier from what I could tell from the trailer).

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! A promising start to the trilogy.

Did you read the book? Did you watch the movie? Let’s talk!

Trailers You Might Have Missed (March 19-25)

Last week was kind of just a blur of events. I wanted to do a lot of things, but never had the time or energy to actually do them. It was strange, but my workshops are ending next week and we will see where things go from there on out. For now, let’s get distracted with trailers!

Movies

Deadpool 2

All I saw in the beginning was Vancouver.

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I can’t believe this is based on real events, but it looks like so much fun! I want to watch it!!

The Spy Who Dumped Me

I was like “this looks kind of dumb” but then I saw Sam Heughan and Kev Adams and I AM IN!

Under the Silver Lake

Is this an adult version of Paper Towns?

Terminal

It has my curiosity.

The Titan

I think, just because it is Sam Worthington, I can’t help but constantly think of Avatar while watching this trailer.

Amateur

I don’t watch Power, but apparently the MC was really annoying on that show and that clouds people’s judgment for this movie, but I think it looks alright.

Come Sunday

I don’t really have thoughts on this.

Action Point

I just never think it’s funny when people get hurt.

Unbroken 2

They … made a sequel for a movie that didn’t necessarily need a sequel with a different main actor?

Backstabbing for Beginners

Theo James should be in bigger movies than this.

Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado

I never watched the first one?

TV Shows

Cloak and Dagger

This is the only Freeform thing I allow myself to be excited about.

3% (Season 2)

WE HAVE A DATE!!

Pose

I cannot claim to know what this is about.

Troy: Fall of a City

It’s not technically new as it was already released in the UK on BBC or something, but I guess it’s now coming to Netflix.

Nightflyers

It’s a George R. R. Martin series. I expect a lot of death.

New Girl (Season 7)

I hope this doesn’t disappoint.

The 100 (Season 5)

Looks like it’s going to be dark and brutal.

What are you watching? How was your week? Let’s chat!

#CurrentlyWatching: On My Block

Today I continue the theme of “shows that could do with more buzz“. After having talked about Here and Now on Tuesday, I wanted to do something that was targeted more at a teen audience. It was a close call between Everything Sucks (which is a nice nostalgia bomb for 90s kids) and my actual choice for today – On My Block. Maybe I will get to that other show at another point in time, but for now I think On My Block deserves more attention.

The show only premiered on Netflix a week ago, so I don’t expect everyone to know about it, but I didn’t see nearly enough people talking or tweeting about it as I would like to. Since it just came out, if obviously only has one season so far, but I really, really, really need it to continue because it ends on a terrible cliffhanger. I know that will scare some people away from watching, but I see no use in withholding that information from you just so you can be mad at me afterwards. It’s still very much worth watching and hopefully encourages everyone to give it another season.

On My Block is a coming of age story about a group of friends living in the gritty inner city of South Central Los Angeles.

There are so many reasons why one should watch On My Block, I don’t even know where to start. First off, our main group of friends are all people of color who live in a poorer neighborhood of LA. As with a couple of recent Netflix shows, they are really trying to move away from the predominantly white middle-class perspective and I am sure it will pay off on the long run (just think about how beloved One Day at a Time is! And yes, I will keep mentioning that show over and over until I finally hear something about its renewal).

On My Block generally has a quite light tone buckled with a lot of humour, but as the season continues it deals with increasingly more emotional and heavy topics. The actors and actresses are mostly newcomers and could definitely still improve, but nonetheless gave solid performances throughout. I am sure I am going to forget some of the topics that were talked about, but the show had such great moments all over, you don’t need to know every single one anyway.

Themes like first love, friendship and family are present during the entire season. Once again, this show proved that parents can be present and demanding and loving without being a hindrance to their children’s adventures and development. I love shows with complicated but positive family dynamics. We need more of that – always! And there were definitely difficult situations, especially in regards of generations being part of a gang and how difficult a legacy like that is, yet I am here for stories like that every time. There was also a great scene where one of the characters boldly called out cultural appropriation or another one that treated the devastation of current immigration laws. The show lets boys be vulnerable and girls be tough and also talks about how objectifying someone (no matter the gender) isn’t okay. None of the characters felt like fillers, but each had their own storyline and background. And I most of all loved how friendship prevailed and how despite some really stupid fights, they were all mature and recognised what was really important by the end of the season.

And, I seem to have a hand for those lately, On My Block is yet another show with a killer soundtrack. Music is so important for tone and vibe and it worked amazingly well for this show.

I am having difficulties with this segment this week, because a lot of the time I thought of the squad as an entity and not separate people. Obviously, they all have their own personalities and stories to tell, but it is difficult to just pick one because it will always be intertwined with someone else in some way.

I liked that Jamal’s story was without any hint of a love interest, because we need that too sometimes. I liked that Ruby fell in love with a girl and was ready to wait for her without pressuring her, fully knowing she could break his heart. I love that Cesar wanted to go public because he liked Monse so much, even if it could disrupt their group dynamic forever. I love that Monse was unabashedly herself and put others first even if that was one of the hardest things to do. I love that Olivia was simply a part of the squad because she needed them as a family and they had no hesitation in taking her in.

So, I am really into them as a group and that has to suffice. They all work together and they work as separate characters. In the end, this was just so much fun to watch and I binged the entire season in one day – no regrets!

Did you watch On My Block already? Do you want to? Let’s chat!

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard (Book Review)

Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count
: 528

King’s Cage is the third book in the Red Queen series (click here for my review of Red Queen and here for my review of Glass Sword). Admittedly, I pushed this one back on my priority list for quite a while, mostly due to me not having liked Glass Sword at all. It was confusing and lacked intrigue and direction. Maybe Glass Sword just suffered the typical second book syndrome, but even after several of my fellow bloggers assured me that King’s Cage did not have the same problems, I wasn’t too eager to pick it up. Well, I guess it is time for me to join the ranks and say that King’s Cage is in fact better than Glass Sword, but I am still not fully back on board with the series.

The first time I opened the book, I immediately noticed a vast improvement. The book has a map! I remember being completely lost in terms of the country’s scope and the different towns and the travel time between destinations in the previous book. I was bored with the amount of moving back and forth and my lack of understanding where anyone was going, so this was a big plus already.

Then we are right there with Mare, still prisoner to Maven. The torment and weight of the situation was palpable throughout the entire time. It gave us a vulnerable Mare, which was direly needed in my opinion, because no one person can do everything, but it also gave us real insight into Maven and why he is the way he is. I enjoyed those chapters a lot, despite the slightly repetitive nature of the scenarios that played out. I know that Maven isn’t a good person and I am not making excuses for his behaviour, despite understanding that it might not be entirely his fault, but he is still the person I like to read about most in this series. (Yes, once again, the villain is my fave – what a surprise!) I think it really helped to see his side of things and Mare’s reactions to his confessions.

King’s Cage brought about another change though and it’s one I am still not sure how to feel about. There are multiple POVs this time around and just for the sake of keeping some surprises, I won’t tell you who they were from. I am not going to lie though, it took me quite some time to even remember who this person was and to this day, I still only have a hazy memory of them. This seems to be a reoccurring theme with the series. Aside from the people that appeared in the first book, I have troubles remembering anyone, just because there are too many people that are very insignificant for long-term plot developments. The names and abilities start to blend together, so I actually needed these constant reminders of who did what for what house and which color belonged to whom etc.

Overall, I liked the direction the book went into. Stakes were upped again, I started to like Mare better again as well, even though she is still not one of my faves. Cal is just cancelled, there’s something about him that just rubs me the wrong way. Maven is still my wicked darling. And I really had a change of heart when it came to people I previously disliked whole-heartedly *cough*Evangeline*cough*. I still don’t believe this series has a strong priority in my mind, but I am curious to see how it all ends. I think there is the real possibility to not go the classical route and insert some great twists instead.

Fazit: 4/5 stars! Improvement from Glass Sword for sure!

Have you read King’s Cage? Or the Red Queen series as a whole? What are your thoughts?

The Entertainer Blogger Award

I haven’t done any kind of award post in a really long time, mostly because I stopped doing them altogether? It ended up being a chain reaction of getting the same tags over and over and drowning in questions that I barely had answers to, but when Andie @Andrea’s Nirvana nominated me for the Entertainer Blogger Award, I thought “Oh, this is one I haven’t done yet!” and that is how you came to read this post.

RULES

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  2. Add the rules so others can follow.
  3. Answer the questions that have been asked.
  4. Nominate a handful of entertaining bloggers.
  5. Display the photo also in your blog.

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What genre did you read most before starting your blog?

I think I was always drawn to Fantasy the most. It probably had something to do with the fact that I thought big books meant that I was smarter and let’s face it, most Fantasy books are pretty long. I also dabbled in some general adult fiction though.

What genre did fellow bloggers influence your opinion on?

The stubborn person that I am, it is very difficult to convince me to read or try anything that I don’t really want to. However, some of my lovely friends have definitely made New Adult books look very appealing and it is thanks to them that I tried that genre. No regrets here, even if it is not one I turn to often!

Fave book format?

Hardcover books! They are expensive, so it’s not like I buy them all the time, but with paperbacks I always have to worry about them getting damaged in my backpack. The chances of that happening are way smaller for hardcovers. And unfortunately ebooks just aren’t as much fun for me. No particular reason …

Plants without flowers or plants that have flowers?

To care for? Plants without flowers. To get as a gift? All the pretty flowers.

Some tropes you love seeing in books?

I LOVE the whole enemies to lovers trope. Supportive families are my jam and I have a soft spot for well-crafted villains.

A book character you relate to a lot?

This might just be the hardest question out of the entire bunch. I have not found that one character that I relate to body and soul, but I explained why I feel really close to Molly in my review for The Upside of Unrequited (which you can read here).

My Nominees

My Questions

  1. If you could be a character (already existing or of your own creation) in a TV show, which show would you jump into?
  2. Do you take notes while reading or wing your reviews?
  3. Who is an author you would like to get coffee/tea/drinks with?
  4. Which post you’ve written are you proud of?
  5. Where would you travel if money wasn’t an issue?
  6. Which book are you reading next?

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed this little post. How would your answers be to the questions. Let’s talk!

#CurrentlyWatching: Here and Now

I did a Twitter poll to decide on this week’s theme (only for a short amount of time, so don’t worry if you missed it) and … there were two winners, so the poll wasn’t helpful at all. Still, it narrowed down my options by a little bit and I ultimately went with “Shows that could use some more buzz“. I know that a lot of you haven’t even heard of some of the shows that I promote as it is, but whenever I am on social media, I either feel like shows are getting attention or not. This week, we will talk about the ones that don’t.

To describe today’s show Here and Now is a thing of impossibility. It’s like the OA meets This Is Us but because of the lack of focus on one genre, it doesn’t quite do as well as either of those shows did? It currently airs on HBO and is still in its first season.

Here and Now focuses on a multi-racial family with three adopted and one biological child as things start to play into their lives beyond anyone’s understanding.

What even is this show? I don’t know! I honestly cannot tell you. It’s a lot of things and it is none of those things. It’s an enigma wrapped in a mystery. I have never been so frustrated with the lack of an aha-moment, yet felt so compelled to tune in every single week at the same time!

One the one hand, Here and Now is a family drama. It deals with adoption and especially what it means for the parents and children if you adopt outside of your own race. But it is about so much more than that, it’s about religion, mental health, sexuality and belonging into the world. Even within the pilot alone, you see that you get fleshed out characters that are all dealing with their own stuff in their own ways. Everyone is connected to the others, however, at the same time, it all feels very much like they all have their own stories apart from one another. So, taking all that into consideration, you might think you are watching just another contemporary drama, but that’s not the truth at all.

There is an element of mystery that, even after 6 out of 10 episodes, I cannot put my finger on. And I am not talking about a murder mystery here, I am talking about full on spiritual, supernatural or magical connections happening very reminiscent of the OA and Sense8. The numbers 11:11 play a huge part in it all, but it doesn’t feel like we are anywhere near the discovery of what it all means. This is partly the show’s downfall, as it sometimes seems to forget what it’s trying to convey with so many characters and their real life problems that the supernatural sub-plot just gets put on the sidelines. It often feels like Alan Ball is trying to throw in so many debates about culture and identity, that he never truly hits home with anything. I do want to give him points for trying though.

Overall, I think that Here and Now might be more enjoyable as a binge-watch. It is told slowly and with many taboos and straight forward confrontations typical in the style of HBO. The show has no to very little need for the use of CGI, which makes it feel grounded in reality. I am very curious as to what the whole 11:11 shebang means, because that’s just who I am. Whenever I randomly look at my phone and it’s exactly 11:11, I think of the show. I want the answers and I hope Alan Ball delivers before I get too impatient.

As I mentioned above, every character has their own story to tell, their own demons to face, their own hurdles to overcome. I am sure there are characters that appeal to someone that might not appeal to another person but there is something there for everyone. I personally feel very detached from the parents of the family. Their narrative is kind of lost on me, just because I cannot connect to them emotionally. Their children all hold my attention far more! It was difficult to choose who to talk about. Ashley struggles in her marriage and also with the fact that no one in her family can relate to being a black woman in America. The celibate Duc seems to be haunted by his past, but rather micro-manages other people’s lives as a “motivational architect” than face those memories. And Kristen just wants to be unique in a family that has so many stand out members. But in the end I went with the person who really started things in my eyes.

This someone who immediately caught my eye was Ramon. He was adopted from Colombia when he was 18 months old and is now an openly-gay student who is designing video games. He is the darling of the family and his adopted siblings suspect it is because he is white-passing and it was therefore easier for their parents to “deal” with him. He very much felt like the main character, despite everyone being important to the plot, just because his supposed hallucinations kick off the mystery plot. At first, the unsettling images are confined to his dreams, but then the visions seem to sweep over into reality.

All of his relationships are interesting. As I said, he is kind of the darling boy of the family, but I was especially intrigued by his not-yet-disclosed connection to his new therapist, Farid. I expect that, should the aha-moment that explains the entire supernatural sub-plot ever come, it will take place in a scene between those two.

But I also love Ramon’s relationship with Henry. There were some recent developments that I don’t want to get into, but I hope they can get over their fight and be the cute couple they used to be. I was very mad at Ramon for that one … I really thought they were hitting it off.

While it may not seem that way, there is more than just one family to take into consideration when it comes to Here and Now. Ramon’s therapist’s family takes up an important part of the narrative as well and they are connected through more than Ramon when Farid’s son, Navid, tries to befriend Kristen, Ramon’s sister, at school. The Shokranis are used mainly to show the fanatic and healing side of religion (in their case they are Muslims), but with Navid they also explore the topic of being gender-fluid.

I am not sure the show was strictly necessary. Maybe I should have waited until they were actually done with their first season, but I think there is a certain appeal to it all. It is far from perfect, but I think it tries really hard to put in as many current issues as possible. Sometimes it ends up being really clunky, but other times it can also be beautiful.

Have you ever stuck with a show despite not knowing what was going on? Would you want to try Here and Now? Do you think it might deserve some more buzz or do you think it is trying too hard to succeed?

The Superlatives Tag!

Once again, I want to thank the ever amazing Orang-utan Librarian for always tagging me in super fun tags. Today I am coming at you with the Superlatives Tag! The name alone already suggests it has to be the best, right? I hope you enjoy!

#1 MOST LIKELY TO BE IN THE MOVIES: THE BOOK THAT WOULD MAKE THE BEST MOVIE

This simply HAS to be the Night Circus! I’ve been screaming about needing a movie adaptation for it for years and with the advancement in CGI and such, I really believe that the right producers could create a true and magical gem out of this book.

#2 BIGGEST DRAMA QUEEN/KING: THE MOST (OVERLY) DRAMATIC BOOK OR CHARACTER

If we are going for character here, my first thought was definitely Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door. There was drama wherever that girl went and a lot of it was her own doing. I don’t mind people being eccentric, but she was a tad too much for me and that’s probably the reason why I liked her book the least.

#3 BEST DRESSED: THE BOOK WITH THE BEST COVER

I only got this one in the mail recently, but I immediately fell in love with my new edition of Anne of Green Gables! The gold lettering and the illustrations are just adorable.

#4 MOST CREATIVE: THE BOOK WITH THE MOST UNIQUE PLOT, CHARACTERS, & STRUCTURE

Tough one … tough one indeed. My heart wants to say Call Me By Your Name but my head tells it is Shatter Me … just because I haven’t talked about it for a while and I am pumped to read Restore Me. The writing style was unique for sure, the characters not that out of this world, but I liked how my allegiances completely changed throughout the story.

#5 MOST POPULAR: THE BOOK WITH THE MOST RATINGS ON GOODREADS

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Sooo, I totally just went to Goodreads and checked on my “Read”-shelf which book had the most ratings and it’s The Hunger Games with more than 5 million ratings.

#6 MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED: THE BOOK THAT IS GOING TO BE APPRECIATED FOR MANY YEARS TO COME

NOW I get to say Call Me By Your Name! It’s just … I can’t get it out of my head and it was so beautifully written but so sad and quite strange and oversharing at the same time, but I loved it.

#7 CLASS CLOWN: THE BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD

I am going to have to go with The Epic Crush of Genie Lo for this one. I laughed A LOT while reading it and didn’t care who heard it or didn’t.

#8 MOST IMPROVED: THE BOOK THAT STARTED OFF SLOW, BUT REALLY PICKED UP

To me, that just feels like almost every Victoria Schwab book I have read so far (except her series finales, cause they are action, action, action). She always takes her time in setting up the world and letting us get to know characters before the true chaos begins. I am just randomly going to go with A Gathering of Shadows now.

#9 CUTEST COUPLE: CUTEST COUPLE IN A BOOK

WHY WOULD ANYONE MAKE ME ACTUALLY CHOOSE FOR THIS ONE!?!? I can’t make those kinds of decisions.

Okay …

Kasia and Dyson! HA! I can always root the most for my own couple from Arcadia and they ARE the cutest … when they are actually together.

#10 BIGGEST HEARTBREAKER: THE BOOK THAT BROKE YOUR HEART

The Orang-utan Librarian definitely already stole the perfect answer *whispers* Words in Deep Blue will always break your heart! But I can come up with something else! A Monster Calls! Very sad – no doubt!

I TAG THEE

I hope it goes without saying that I don’t want you to do the tag if you don’t feel like it or if you’ve already done it! What did you think of my answers? Could anyone relate?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (March 12-18)

I wish I had something really exciting to tell you all, but there’s nothing I can disclose freely as of yet. However, this week brought about some really interesting developments and I cannot wait to see where everything will go from here on out. Enough of me being cryptic though, let’s get on with some trailers!

Movies

Avengers: Infinity War

This is already really stressful to watch, but our boy Spidey’s lines were hilarious.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

I would be infinitely more happy if Johnny Depp wasn’t part of this and if some other things were different as well. I did get chills at the end though! (I think it’s the theme music …)

Sorry to Bother You

It looks really wacky, but in a good way? I mean – that cast!

Happy Anniversary

This is my kind of romantic comedy.

Life Itself

It looks freaking emotional, but what else do you expect from the person who made This Is Us??

Adrift

I am not made for movies like this, maybe especially if they are based on real events. But … Sam …

Can You Forgive Me?

I just never expect Melissa McCarthy to do a serious role.

6 Balloons

That escalated quickly.

Furlough

It’s a Tessa Thompson kind of week.

Eight Grade

I’d check it out because Bo Burnham wrote and directed it.

Allure

This looks messed up, but I guess Evan Rachel Wood likes the deeply psychological stuff.

Sun Dogs

I don’t understand why this is titled as a comedy movie?

TV Shows

The 100 (Season 5)

Soooo … I know this was a long trailer, but this didn’t give me any actual helpful information. I need Clarke to be reunited with the peeps from space like asap and from the looks of this, it won’t happen any time soon.

Alexa & Katie

Netflix starts to have more and more teen shows with strong Nickelodeon/Disney vibes.

The Fosters (Series Finale)

I sort of stopped watching this after season 1 and a half? But in case anyone is interested.

EDHA

Well, this definitely tells me more than the teaser did.

That’s it for this week! What are you watching? Will you check out any of the things I mentioned today? Let’s talk!