The Brooklyn Nine-Nine Book Tag

I’ve been looking through my 75+ drafted posts and I am trying to get to some that have been in there for literal years. Back in early 2018 Fadwa @Word Wonders tagged everyone who loves the show for the Brooklyn Nine-Nine Book Tag. (I would like to link to the original creator, but Em doesn’t have a blog anymore?) I don’t know why I didn’t do it back then, because I sure seemed to have saved it? I really love Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so it would be a natural fit. But that doesn’t stop me from simply doing it now, especially since I am trying to get a kind of blogging routine back (Fridays for tags maybe?). Let’s go!

Jake Peralta

Starts off goofy and kind of a sh*thead and then becomes a lovable goofball.

I am picking Jack from Tweet Cute! (and not just because his name is so close to Jake …) In general, I feel like the Pepper-Jack-dynamic is very similar to the Amy-Jake-one (if I wasn’t trying to pick a different book for every prompt, I’d definitely also say Pepper was Amy). Jack isn’t that much of a sh*thead, but he is a bit of a prankster and snarky and bitter.

Raymond Holt

Starts off as intimidating robot, then becomes the dad figure you secretly (not so secretly) wanted in life.

Okay, hear me out! I know that Mr. K from Anna K is NOT the perfect father. The way he treats Steven and then does a 180 in how he treats Anna is … less than ideal? However, he seems strict and intimidating, but still loves his children and wants the best for them. Even when it takes him some time to come around, he definitely comes through for Anna in the end.

Amy Santiago

Type A who’s in control but geeks out over nerdy things like stationary and tries to be cool (and fails).

Okay, so Maddison from The Field Guide to the North American Teenager actually IS cool, but she is Type A if I have ever seen one. The way she coordinates everyone’s life is a miracle and I definitely think she has a nerdy side to herself for sure.

Gina Linetti

Lovable narcissist who everyone is lowkey afraid of, extremely smart yet uses their power for evil.

I am sure there are loads of characters like that in more recent fiction, but somehow the only one I could think of was Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby? I don’t think I need to explain the narcissistic qualities of him, how his plans couldn’t exactly have been called “good” and how everyone was a little intimidated, yet enthralled by him?

Charles Boyle

The most loyal of friends, would memorize everything about you to make sure you’re always happy, also a foodie.

When I think about good literary friendships, somehow Morgan Matson always comes to mind. My favourite of hers is still Since You’ve Been Gone and Emily definitely has the loyal best friend thing down (Sloane not so much?). She also works in an ice cream shop during the summer, if memory serves me right, and that totally fulfills the foodie component.

Terry Jeffords

Always trying to have a self-care day but failing miserably because they need to take care of their rowdy children.

Apparently I like to throw in a childhood favourite for all these tags nowadays. It was a hard tie between Prosper and Scipio from The Thief Lord, because both have to act like the parents of the group in a way, even if they are all just trying to survive and live their lives.

Rosa Diaz

The less you know about their past … the better. Would kill to see them smile though.

Malachiasz? Malachiasz! (Wicked Saints remains a fave!)

Norm Skully

Loves food so much, they’d probably kill you for a donut. Would fake a heart attack for anything.

A little bit of a cop out, but the only character so obsessed with food that they’d do anything and that I could think of right now was Jughead. I mean, the only time he thought he might have romantic feelings for someone was when the other person was dressed as a hamburger?

Michael Hitchcock

Surprisingly a very good friend, though he seems like he’d sell you out for anything.

I am pretty sure that NO ONE believed in Sevro‘s loyalty when they first started this odyssey of Red Rising, but he has proven himself to be a formidable friend despite his shadiness.


CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED!!! Especially if you like the show! 


What did you think of my answers for the prompts? Did they make sense? Let’s talk!

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (The Witcher #0.5 Book Review)

Publisher: Gollancz
Page Count
: 280

It is a well known fact on this blog that I very much like the Netflix adaptation of the Witcher (it made a surprise entry into my favourite shows of 2019 list, because I couldn’t stop watching it upon its release). However, before that, I never played the games and honestly didn’t even know that the books existed. The Last Wish was originally published in 1993 (my birth year, or as I like to call it, the best vintage) and just completely escaped my notice until now. Upon closer inspection, it turned out that The Last Wish wasn’t a Witcher novel but a Witcher anthology instead, with everyone recommending to read it first. That truly explains a lot about this book!

Much like the show, you have to be prepared to not really know when things are happening and what their connection is. Reading The Last Wish, I felt like the show had done a great job, as I could clearly identify the contents of episodes 1 to 5 (not necessarily in that order) within the pages. Some character names were changed (why is Dandilion called Jaskier on the show?) and some might not have appeared yet (or will never appear at all?), but I think I had a grand advantage having watched the show before reading the book. I was prepared for the jumbled up timelines, for the messy tasks Geralt has to perform and for the characters that slowly crept into his heart.

I was especially surprised by the nonchalant mention of several well known fairy tales (such as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, etc.), because they weren’t just tales within that universe, they actually happened there (even though in an even more sinister way than most remember it). Some got their own chapter, others were just mentioned in passing, but the inspiration was very clear behind the use of those characters/tales. That really made me think that Geralt was always just a village away from all the nighttime stories I knew so well from my childhood. A strange thought, a bit of a funny one too, but also a befitting one for it helps build a familiarity with an utterly different world.

“Evil is evil, Stregobor,” said the witcher seriously as he got up. “Lesser, greater, middling, it’s all the same. Proportions are negotiated, boundaries blurred. I’m not a pious hermit. I haven’t done only good in my life. But if I’m to choose between one evil and another, then I prefer not to choose at all.”

So, if you pick up The Last Wish, you will find a series of tales introducing Geralt to you. He will show his true character and keep you guessing at what kind of massive mess he has gotten himself into. It ends on such note, that you will want to know more about the (in this version not THAT stoic) witcher and the trials that await him. It’s exactly what was promised on the cover! However, you should not expect a traditional story with beginning, middle and end. There are hints at something that spans greater for sure, but it’s just really not what The Last Wish is.

I am definitely intrigued and would pick up further novels. My only problem for now is that I am an absolute cover snob and this is the only one Netflix has released with the TV show cover and I would like matching ones. There are about eight or nine books in total though, so I feel like the show still has a lot of material to draw from and will hopefully release the other books with the tie-in covers as well!

Never not proud of this drawing I made. Geralt, my foul-mouthed hero.

Fazit: 3/5 stars! Definitely worth a read if you are a fan of the show (or games too, I suppose)!

Have you read any of the Witcher books? Have you played the game? Loved the show? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #30

Is the fact that this is the 30th post in this series a sign that I watch too much? Let’s hope not, because I really have no intention of slowing down in this climate. Here are some shows I have distracted myself with lately (which are in actuality fewer than I thought they’d be):

Vampires

I AM SORRY! I only found the French trailer, but the show is available with subtitles, cause that’s how I watched it!!!

I really thought I was over vampires at this point, but … I just can’t seem to stay away from them for good. After I finished this show, I thought to myself “huh, there were some interesting aspects, but this surely isn’t essential viewing for everyone”, yet here I am. THREE days later and I still can’t stop thinking about it.

What intrigued me the most was that this really wasn’t your usual vampire society (although they still have an inherent stalker gene it seems). In this world, vampirism is a matriarchy and vampires are created the same way humans are and not through a bite (at least that’s the story so far?). Doina, daughter of a vampire and human, turns out to be a hybrid of the two species, turning her world upside down.

This show features interesting character dynamics, although I will not hold it against you if you don’t like very many of them. To my utter shame, I also have to say that I was mainly watching for a toxic ship. I am trash that way, but at least I acknowledge it.

For fans of: international Netflix shows, different take on vampires, diverse French setting

On My Block (Season 3)

Was this the last season? It felt like the last season, but the end had me in absolute shock!? From the beginning of this show, it had always had its ups and downs. I could never take the danger as seriously as I should for some reason, because it just felt too light-hearted and silly in other moments. So, when those last frames showed up on my screen, I was like “this is a joke? Surely it must be!!” (Except for the Oscar part, I am here for that!)

This wasn’t my favourite season and I honestly don’t know what to say. I think it’s fun entertainment or a little bit, but parts of it I just could not relate to or, as mentioned above, take seriously. I think it might have been the acting, but I am really not here to bash them. I still had a great time watching all seasons after all.

For fans of: teen squad stories that get a bit out of hand and don’t look as realistic anymore

Elite (Season 3)

Okay, so, not my favourite season BUT I really like how they brought it all around. It basically mirrored season 1, but this time everyone stuck together and ended the cycle of misery. I was disappointed, because some character relationships were completely ignored, even though they had so much potential. For example, I was really hoping for a Valerio and Nadia reconciliation and that they’d be the messy friends I love to see, but instead they had Valerio be interested in being in a certain throuple (which I am cool with as a concept, I just didn’t like the other characters and used to love Valerio …). My favourite part was the Nadia-Lu-duo. Those girls really were the light for me this season!

Now, I am confused about Season 4. First, why do we need it? Why does it say no one from the OG cast will be in it? We explicitly saw a certain number of characters who had to repeat the year or were at school for some other reason … so why include that when they aren’t going to be featured anymore? I have questions!

For fans of: murder mystery and character dynamics, moral questions

Greenhouse Academy (Season 4)

Why am I even still watching this show? They completely botched the “who’s behind the door?”-mystery from a couple seasons back and they just haven’t been the same ever since. I was already massively dissatisfied with season 3, because they changed actors for characters and just had some people disappear completely. To me, that threw off the dynamic massively already and they handled it poorly. I even forgot that there was a massive cliffhanger at the end of that season, that’s how little I cared. Similarly, I feel pretty dispassionate about the twist at the end of Season 4.

I just can’t get over the fact that they reopened the whole love triangle thing with Leo, Hayley and Daniel … because someone on that list got screwed over a lot. Also … it was about a virus, so that was just poor timing for sure.

I can’t believe I used to really like Greenhouse Academy at this point, but here is the proof that I did.

For fans of: House of Anubis style over the top mysteries for teens?


Have you watched any of the shows above? Let’s talk about that!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (March 16-22)

I feel sorry for all the movies and TV shows that had to halt production, for all the projects that had to postpone their release or resort to an early digital release. We all turn to entertainment in these times, so, I hope we are all able to really show appreciation for their work and are able to support them in other ways.

Movies

Inheritance

I DIDN’T EVEN RECOGNISE SIMON PEGG!? WTF? The cast of this is amazing and even though it’s not my usual genre, I am tempted.

Selah and the Spades

The suspense is there for sure.

Adventures of Rufus the Fantastic Pet

Eh … that cat looks super weird.

Deerskin

Just imagine how wrong things must have gone for someone to diss you with a “you don’t exist anymore”.

Clover

I think thriller comedies are a weird genre.

Bad Therapy

It’s messed up.

Hippopotamus

This is the kind of movie that REALLY freaks me out.

TV Shows

Never Have I Ever

You instantly got me with “a new Mindy Kaling show”.

Upload

This feels super Black Mirror, but I am here for it!

Maxxx

This looks just so dumb

The Midnight Gospel

I’ve never done drugs, but I strongly assume that this is an accurate representation of what it looks like if you do them.

Free Ray Shawn

I’ve never watched anything on Quibi before?

Nailed It (Season 4)

I need something to laugh, so I will watch this again (even though I strongly believe that not even professional bakers can achieve these tasks within the time limits and people are set up to fail).

Is there something you’d like to watch? Let’s chat!

Anna K. by Jenny Lee (Book Review)

Publisher: Flatiron Books
Page Count
: 374

It’s time to make a confession: I have never read or watched Anna Karenina in all my life. Why is that little tidbit of info about me avoiding/being oblivious about a Russian classic vital to you in this very moment? Well, Anna K. is a the glorious modern retelling of said classic and I hereby freely admit that I have no way of comparing the two, but I hope that still gives me a “unique” view on the book. It definitely made me curious about the original novel, that’s for sure.

Every happy teenage girl is the same, while every unhappy teenage girl is miserable in her own special way.

This book really left me in some sort of emotional state of mind! It took me a bit to find my footing, but from the get go, Anna K. is a fast-paced whirlwind of amazing characters. A lot happens as you sort of play tag with the characters and switch from one POV to the next almost seamlessly. At first, I was a bit unsure of just the vast amount of characters, but they were interconnected beautifully and each had their own voice and personality and depth to them despite all of it being told in the 3rd person (to me that sometimes feels a little less personal, but not here). On the one hand, it felt like you were just observing the characters’ lives, but on the other hand, you had clear insight into all their motives and desires.

What I first believed to be a superficial glitzy love-at-first-sight teenage foolery, turned out to be so much more than that. I loved the upperclass Manhattan/Greenwich setting. I loved that Anna K. was a Korean-American teen and that her family’s tradition clashed and blended with American society standards. I adored the character dynamics and how everyone was connected in a more or less expected way. I loved how heightened and extra a lot of it was. At some point, there was one tragedy after the other and each time I thought my heart couldn’t possibly break any more, but then there was another one just around the corner. Yet, you don’t leave this book sad (maybe a little wistful), but rather full of hope and love for all these characters.

There’s not much fault one can find with this book in my opinion. The characters aren’t perfect paper cutouts, but actual human beings with faults and flaws. Anna and Steven even made it into my list of favourite literary characters and that’s not an easy one to get on. So, if you aren’t into cheating plotlines and characters using an excessive amount of drugs, maybe this isn’t the read for you. The love is also very … insta? Love at first sight in general comes quick to these characters. But if you want a Gossip Girl approach to a Russian classic (and I’ve been told Jenny Lee did a pretty remarkable job with the retelling) with a more diverse cast of characters, you should definitely check it out! I promise you will keep turning page after page in anticipation of what might happen next and how things could possibly go so terribly wrong for someone so lovely.

As a last thought, I would really encourage you to check out the Author’s Note at the end of the story. It really added even more spark to an already very entertaining and heartfelt rollercoaster of a read for me.

Fazit: 4/5 stars! A fun and emotional take on an old classic!

Have you read Anna K. or Anna Karenina for that matter? Would you be interested in doing so? Let’s chat!

The Perfect Book Tag

Yes, hello everyone! This is me actually doing a tag again? It’s been ages, but we are all staying home, taking care of ourselves and others in the process and I really, really wanted to give you some fresh content on the blog. I haven’t been the most present on the blog as of late, because both parents are doing the whole home office thing now and I try to limit my internet use (as not to crash the poor rooter) while they need to work, like the good daughter that I am. However, that leaves me with online time mostly in the late afternoon and sometimes I just don’t have it in me to be creative then.

With much talk about basically nothing, this all led to me checking my drafted yet never completed posts and I found this little gem. So, huge thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for being so thoughtful and tagging me for the Perfect Book Tag back in the day!

The Perfect Genre

pick a book that perfectly represents its genre

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

Ha! I tricked you! I bet you thought I would pick a book from my favourite genre (fantasy/sci-fi), but regular good old YA contemporary it is. I read The Field Guide to the North American Teenager pretty recently and I thought it had some great teen representation and also gave me flashbacks to my semester abroad in the US (which I always kinda like).

The Perfect Setting

pick a book that takes place in a perfect place

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

To me, the perfect setting might not be the same as for you? I like a good magical world, I really, really do. Would I want to live in it? That’s debatable, because most of the time it’s connected to mortal peril. So, my perfect setting is something more along the lines of the British isle of Guernsey, loads of beaches and cliffs, an all-surrounding calm and friendly (albeit somewhat nosey) neighbors.

The Perfect Main Character

pick the perfect main character

AUGUST FLYNN! (This Savage Song) My baby boy will forever remain perfect in my eyes. PERFECT, do you hear?

The Perfect Best Friend

loyal and supportive, pick a character that you think is the best friend ever

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Tough one! Tough one indeed! But, I think, in the end I’d go with Kenji from the Shatter Me series. If you have him on your side, I think you’d be able to get through anything.

The Perfect Love Interest

pick a character you think would be an amazing romantic partner

I have a couple contenders for book hubby, but one of my all time favourite people is Max Vandenburg from The Book Thief! He is kind and smart and patient and a fighter. I don’t actually know how he is romantically, but I see those qualities as a plus in a partner.

The Perfect Villain

pick a character with the most sinister mind

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)

I DON’T WANNA SAY WHO! But the villain in Wicked Saints is divine (no pun intended)!

The Perfect Family

pick a perfect bookish family

My Life Next Door

The Garretts from My Life Next Door will forever remain an example of a loving, present and beautiful family. I don’t think any such thing as perfect exists, but they are darn close!

The Perfect Animal or Pet

pick a pet or fantastic animal that you need to see on a book

The Water Mirror (Dark Reflections, #1)

Okay, I read the Dark Reflections series when I was like 12, so, no guarantee to how they would hold up now, BUT they had living stone lions who could fly. And their fur was soft. And I never loved creatures more than them!

The Perfect Plot Twist

pick a book with the best plot twist

We Were Liars

Even saying that this book has a plot twist is a bit of a spoiler, but it has been out for years now, so what can I say? We Were Liars had me in freaking tears!

The Perfect Trope

pick that trope you would add to your own book without thinking

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

I am a total sucker for fake dating! Most notable example here is probably To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? (Also quite enjoy enemies to lovers though. Or the “there’s only one bed in the room/one room left at the hotel”-dilemma. OR the friends with insane chemistry that hook up one night and don’t make it awkward but just seamlessly start dating afterwards because they are meant to be)

The Perfect Cover

pick that cover that you would easily put in your own book

The Dire King (Jackaby, #4)

The ENTIRE Jackaby series has covers to die for, but this was the one I saw first (although it’s the final book), which is why I picked it now.

The Perfect Ending

pick a book that has the perfect ending

***SPOILERS FOR THE LAST LINES OF CALL ME BY YOUR NAME!!!***

Twenty years was yesterday, and yesterday was just earlier this morning, and morning seemed light-years away.
“I’m like you,” he said. “I remember everything.”
I stopped for a second. If you remember everything, I wanted to say, and if you are really like me, then before you leave tomorrow, or when you’re just ready to shut the door of the taxi and have already said goodbye to everyone else and there’s not a thing left to say in this life, then, just this once, turn to me, even in jest, or as an afterthought, which would have meant everything to me when we were together, and, as you did back then, look me in the face, hold my gaze, and call me by your name.

Everyone can feel about Call Me By Your Name however they want (and I get certain criticism), but I ADORED that book. And I thought the ending was perfect (love a good reference to the title), so I will never understand why the author felt it necessary to write a sequel I hated.


If YOU, much like myself see yourself in need of ideas for blog posts in these dire times, CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED!!!

What did you think of my answers? Could you relate? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (March 9-15)

I hope you are all doing well, not taking the social distancing too hard and finding ways to keep yourself entertained in the meantime. I know you don’t need to read about the virus here on top of everywhere else, but due to the next monthly update not being for a while, I just wanted to inform you all that I will not be going to Canada anytime soon. Measures in my own country have increased and, in general, it would neither have been a responsible nor smart choice to go right now. All of that has left me rather sad, but I suppose it wouldn’t have been fun over there either. So, let’s get back to regular programming and start talking trailers!

Movies

Soul

IT LOOKS SO COOL!

Jungle Cruise

On the one hand, I think this is so silly, but on the other hand, I am on board.

Uncorked

Didn’t know this movie was made until just now, but I will HAPPILY watch anything with Mamoudou Athie. He is seriously underappreciated.

The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee

Awe, if Paul Hogan did this to have fun, I am all for it.

Bad Trip

I … don’t think I need this in my life. I never enjoyed anything jackass-like before.

The Artist’s Wife

This movie has a realness to it.

Arkansas

It’s a maybe from me.

The Quarry

This just isn’t really my kind of movie.

True History of the Kelly Gang

George MacKay out there, still giving very intense roles his all!

The Little Dragon

Not a huge fan of the animation style, so will likely pass.

Children of the Sea

This could be cool, I think.

TV Shows

Home Before Dark

I super like the look of it. I mean, they torched that little girl’s bike. That’s brutal!

The Third Day

This turned dark fast.

Altered Carbon: Resleeved

Yo, I didn’t even have the time to check out the second season of the live action show yet. No way am I going to watch this animated stuff too.

Did you see a movie or TV show you’d like to watch? Let’s talk about it!