Thursday Movie Picks – 2020 Releases

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for the Thursday Movie Picks feature. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

Since this week is all about our favourite 2020 releases, I want to direct you to my Top 10 movies of 2020 post, which you can read here! However, that list was about the movies I had watched that year but not necessarily only ones that released then. So, to not just duplicate it in part anyway, I wanted to highlight one movie from every streaming service I could think of/watched.

Uncle Frank (Amazon Prime Video)

This movie. It was sad but also beautiful and I loved the characters. I think it went kind of under the radar, as did many movies last year, but would deserve a bit more attention.

Palm Springs (Hulu)

Palm Springs is a whacky movie, but in all the best ways. The whole groundhog-day-scenario can get so tiresome, but they managed a fresh take on it that was fun to watch.

The Half of It (Netflix)

I’ve mentioned this movie so often, I don’t even think I still need to explain why it is beautiful, authentic and worth the watch.

Clouds (Disney+)

I always feel weird judging movies that are based on real people, especially ones that are very, very recent. I remember Zach’s song when it first released and it truly wasn’t that long ago. Anyway, due to the personal connection director Justin Baldoni had with Zach, this movie is incredibly moving. There were some creative liberties taken, but I started crying about 20 minutes in and did not stop until the end of it all.

Amazing Stories “The Cellar” (Apple TV+)

Okay, this is actually the first episode in the Amazing Stories series, but it felt like a mini-movie and was really lovely. Considering that it was barely an hour long, it really fit a lot of story and emotion in it. Also, Victoria Pedretti and Dylan O’Brien will always be great arguments for any content. They made a great team together.

I vow to watch one of the Apple TV+ movies soon though! Maybe On The Rocks!

What are some of your favourite 2020 releases? Let’s talk!

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman (eARC Review)

Publishing: May 1, 2017
: Sourcebooks Fire
Page Count
: 320

**I was provided with an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!**

I found out about this book through rather unfortunate events occurring in fall/winter last year when some Neo-Nazis decided to troll Laura Silverman for absolutely no reason at all and started to give her book 1-star-ratings on Goodreads. As terrible as those events were, I was glad to see the book community rally together for her and I am also very glad that it lead me to discover Girl Out of Water for myself.

This is the perfect summer read, even when it’s not summer. Silverman has a way of just really making you feel like you are right there with the character. I could almost smell the salt of the ocean breeze or feel the sweat of the Nebraska heat without ever thinking that there was too much description. So, even when I didn’t agree with every choice Anise made, I was with her in the moment no matter what. Anise is definitely a flawed person, but I could understand her and even relate in most moments. While I am in no way as athletic as her, I get the level of passion she has towards surfing. And while I do not have this close knit group of friends in my current geographical location, I went through similar difficulties with having to adjust to the distance between me and people I cared about more than once in my life. She makes mistakes, but you know that she is never intentionally out to hurt anyone.

I think one of the things I appreciated most about this book was how much it was about family, the one you are born into and the one you choose for yourself. It’s a theme I am often missing in my YA books, because whether parents or other family members are there for us or not, they always shape us and our youth. So, to see the struggle and the love that both come with this topic just made my heart sing. And it’s not like there wasn’t still room for other things, such as the really amazing love interest. Lincoln totally won me over with his self-confidence, charm and genuine interest and care for the people around him. And yes, also his dimple!

I didn’t mind the swearing and the underage drinking in this one, but if I could have changed something it would have rather been Anise’s storyline with her mother and her final confrontation with her friends when she got back home. Somehow I felt like there was more build up and nerves from Anise compared to the easy way it was finally resolved. That is such a minor thing though, I still adored this book and would definitely recommend it as a book to pick up this summer.

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! Great book about family, friendship, passion and finding to oneself!

Are you going to read Girl Out of Water? Have you heard about it?

TTT: Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of 2016


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. As the bookish creatures we are, it is our duty to know all about the upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on! There was already a TTT with anticipated books for the first half of the year, so naturally, now is the time to talk about the remaining months!

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year (since we did a topic about the releases we were excited about for the first half of 2016 back in the beginning of the year) Feel free to tweak it how you want to — like most anticipated fantasy for the second half of 2016 or debut authors. Whatever you want!

1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

HeartlessRelease Date: Novemeber 8th

I haven’t even read the Lunar Chronicles yet, even though I really want to at some point, but I am definitely intrigued by the idea of this one. And it’s common knowledge that I am a sucker for Alice-inspired stories, so there’s also that!

2. A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Grey

A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3)Release Date: November 1st

Months later and I am STILL mad at what happened at the end of the second book. This one better have the conclusion I want and a perfectly great future for Theo, because let’s face it, I care about him the most! #TeamTheo

3. Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini

Witch's Pyre (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #3)Release Date: September 20th

The Worldwalker series is one of my all time favourite series and I am so happy I discovered it. This will be the final installment and I cannot wait to get some answers. Also, I ADORE the covers. I was so certain that the final one would be green, but the violet suits it quite well. The excitement is real!

4. Furthermore and Tahereh Mafi

FurthermoreRelease Date: August 30th

I am usually not into middle grade schools, but when the author is Tahereh Mafi I AM READING THAT BOOK. End of discussion really, because I adore her writing style and I would never purposely miss out on one of her books.

5. Did I Mention I Miss You? by Estelle Maskame

Did I Mention I Miss You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #3)Release Date: December 1st

Another finale to series and one that I have really been waiting for for a while now. DIMILY and DIMINY are both super fast reads, yet very different because the characters are always in such a different place in their life. I am intrigued where it will all end up (especially because Estelle tends to be quite cruel with her comments about the progress on the book sometimes).

6. Gemina by Amy Kaufman/Jay Kristoff

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)Release Date: October 18th

I just read Illuminae this year, so I am glad I didn’t have to wait as long as some other people. It’s one of the few books where I will make sure to get the hardcover and I will glory in its beautiful art again!

7. Unscripted Joss Byrd: A Novel by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Unscripted Joss Byrd: A NovelRelease Date: August 23rd

A contemporary book about acting and the movie business – NEED. TO. HAVE. Also, it seems like the perfect light summer read! Just look at the cover – it basically screams SUMMER!

8. Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Blood For Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2)Release Date: November 1st

Never could I have imagined how much I would enjoy Wolf by Wolf! It wasn’t the most cruel cliffhanger in the end, but I do NEED to know how it continues. (If you haven’t noticed, I am really bad with not knowing what happens)

9. Mind Games by Heather W. Petty

Mind Games (Lock & Mori, #2)Release Date: December 6th

Gaaah, this is still way too far away from now. Mori and Lock were so adorable as teen characters and I wonder if they will mature in this sequel and how Mori will generally deal with everything that is thrown her way. The world sure has it out for that girl!

10. The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn/David Levithan

The Twelve Days of Dash and LilyRelease Date: October 18th

I don’t read all that many festive books, but Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares was one of the most fun christmas-y reads ever. I loved their characters and I always wondered if their blossoming romance would survive beyond the first book. It seems like I am getting my answer soon!


So, that’s it from me! A lot of earthy and/or violet covers and many, many sequels! By clicking on the books, you’ll be redirected to Goodreads for the synopsis or in case you want to add them to your TBR! What are you excited for?