Friday Favorites: Books to Recommend

Oh heck, it is Friday! This day totally snuck up on me. I’ve been hosting this Friday Favorites thing since the beginning of the year, so you’d think I’d be prepared every Friday. *narrator voice* But she never was.

But enough about my status as a hot mess book blogger, let’s talk about this week’s FF topic: books to recommend. Recommending books is always SO HARD for me. Books I love are a part of my soul and recommending a book is giving a piece of that soul over to someone for their judgement. I very vividly remember loaning a copy of A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab to a friend, and as they walked away I turned to my other friend and said “OMG, he isn’t gonna like the book and I’m gonna cry.” But really, that’s how I feel every time I recommend a book. I am very protective of my favorite books.

Since recommendations are pretty specific to the genre or style the person is looking for, I’ve broken the recs down in that style.


Classic Novel: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell – Look, I love me some Jane Austen, but North and South has my heart. And part of that may be because I watched the BBC Miniseries before I read it and was therefore blessed with Richard Armitage as Mr. Thornton. I always get bored while reading classic novels and N&S never got boring for me.

Violent, but really damn good science fiction: tie between Red Rising by Pierce Brown and Old Man’s War by John Scalzi – These books are both so brutal, but so very damn good. Old Man’s War explores some really interesting issues while having some of the most spectacularly violent deaths. Red Rising is just a freaking masterpiece of world building and brutal plot twists, set against a revolutionary landscape.

YA Fantasy that isn’t really YA because it gets smutty, y’all: Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas – I’m gonna start this by saying ToG is always my first rec over ACOTAR, which I’ve fallen out of love with. But that aside, these series are crazy addictive. You know they aren’t great, but you JUST CAN’T STOP. As I read them I saw all the cracks in the writing style and plotting, but I didn’t care. I was too wrapped up in the characters and story and sometimes that’s just what we need from a book.

Epic world building, the likes of which have never been seen before: Any book by Brandon Sanderson – That man can build a damn world. The Way of Kings (book 1 of the Stormlight Archive) was the first epic high fantasy book I can remember reading and enjoying! Sanderson somehow made a 1000+ page book seem like a smooth, easy read. Don’t even get me started on his Mistborn series. Seriously, don’t I’ll talk about my deep love for those books for days. *whispers* go read Mistborn!

Cheesy, old school YA paranormal: All the books by L.J. Smith – Y’all, L.J. Smith is my JAM! I read these books as an actual teen at least 10+ times each. I just couldn’t stop myself. I wanted to keep revisiting these stories over and over. I’ve gone back and read them as an adult and they mostly stand up, though the style of YA was very different back in the 90s. I think in autumn of this year I’m going to do a massive reread because they are very autumn-ish books to me.

Audiobook: The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, narrated by a full cast – One day I’ll finally get my full list of all the voice actors for this series and write a proper review for these audiobooks because they deserve all the recognition in the world. I’ve been a huge audiobook listener for the last 5+ years and a fan of Illuminae for the last year or so. You put those two together, and holy heck my mind was blown. I cannot begin to describe how amazing these audiobooks are. They add a whole extra layer of depth to this already unique book series. My plan is to listen to the audio and read the physical book at the same time for my next reread. Honestly, even though I just finished a reread a few month ago, I’m already wanting to jump back into the books.


What are some of your favorite books to recommend?


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Friday Favorites: TV/Movie Adaptations

Happy Friday, my dear bookish people! Today we celebrate the often maligned TV/Movie adaptations of books. Look, I get it, the book is USUALLY better than the movie/TV show (*cough*except Princess Bride*cough*). But that doesn’t mean that we can thoroughly love and enjoy the adaptations! Heck, sometimes adaptations are the only way we get closure on a story…which leads me to the first on the list…

A Song of Fire and Ice/Game of Thrones by George RR Martin – Ah, the adaptation that brings together coworkers, strangers on the street, readers, non-readers, and pretty much anyone who likes to watch TV shows were your favorites are always about to die. Somehow, a high fantasy book series became a widely accepted and beloved TV series that has basically taken over the world. I think my favorite thing about the show, besides all the pretty people, is how it gave me and my non-reader coworkers something to enjoy together. Knowing about the Red Wedding before all my non-reader coworkers was probably the best feeling in the world. Because I’m a terrible person.

The Martian by Andy Weir – This is one where I saw the movie first and then read the book. I LOVE the movie. Matt Damon is so damn good as the sarcastic Mark Watney. I’m definitely happy that I watched the movie first because the book does tend to get pretty deep into the science, which is rough for a non science-y person like me. Having all the stunning visuals from the movie helped get me through parts of the book that might have been boring to me without having seen the movie first. Side note: I 100% recommend the audiobook. The narrator is gold!

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – Look, I get it…the movies take a lot of liberties with the source material. But…I never would have read these books without the movies. I’m sorry, but it’s true. I didn’t have the idyllic childhood relationship with these books like some people did and even after the movies it still took until my mid-twenties until I could finish the books. But once I finally made it through them, I was in love. At the end of the day, the movies gave me one of my all time favorite lines because it speaks to me on a deep, personal level: What about second breakfast?

Emma by Jane Austen – I am not even going to lie here, my love of the movie and BBC miniseries adaptations of Emma comes straight down to Mr. Knightley. In my youth, I had such a teen girl crush on Jeremy Northam as Knightley. As much as I loathed Gwyneth Paltrow, I could not stop watching that movie. And then the BBC had to go and do their adaptation and cast Jonny Lee Miller as Knightley and I basically died of joy. Two other fantastic adaptations of classic books are the BBC miniseries of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (Hello Richard Armitage!) and 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie (Hello Kiera Knightley!).

The Princess Bride – Okay, I’m gonna say it: THE MOVIE WAS BETTER THAN THE BOOK! Sorry, but I loathe the book so deeply, that it makes me angry to look upon it. Now, this deep hatred may come from the fact that I am such an intense fan of the movie that nothing, not even the original source material, could live up to my ridiculous expectations. I’ll never know. What I do know, is I will never be able to fully subscribe to the idea that a book is always better then the movie/TV show.

What adaptations do you love?

Friday Favorites: Fictional Worlds

Happy Friday, my dear bookish people! We are here today to talk about our favorite fictional worlds. These can be worlds you’d drop everything to go live in because they are just *that wonderful* or worlds that straight up terrify you, but are still highly intriguing and well built. Or it can just be a world that is filled with smokin’ hot Fae, because sometimes that’s just what you need. So let’s go world hopping!

If you’ve done your own Friday Favorites post, be sure to drop the link in the comments so I can make a post link list!


The Shire (The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings) – This will ALWAYS be my first answer when someone asks about favorite fictional worlds. ALWAYS. I’m sure there are many nice places in Middle Earth, but The Shire will always have my heart. Though, I’ve recently read Fellowship of the Ring again, and Hobbits can be jerks a little bit. Those darn Sackville-Bagginses! But as long as I have the Green Dragon and a perfectly cozy hobbit hole to cook up my second breakfast in, I’ll be content.

Yousay (LIFEL1K3) – And here is an example of a world that I would definitely NOT survive, but damn is it interesting as heck. Jay Kristoff is becoming one of my favorite world builders. He somehow manages to create rich new worlds without bashing you over the head in the process of building it. Yousay is the USA after some shit went down. It seems very hot, very chaotic, and very interesting. There are half robot dogs FFS! I want a half robot corgi gosh darn it!!

Erilea (Throne of Glass) – I can’t help but love the world from Throne of Glass. It might not be as well built as others, but there is something magical about it that my mind constantly wanders back to.

The World of Scythe – Yes, hi, I need to live forever so I can read ALL THE BOOKS! In Scythe, our world has been stripped of mortality and damn is it interesting to see how Schusterman imagines what we’d be like. It is a little frightening. But I feel like it would be immensely fun to live hundreds of years. Think of all the exploring you could do, not just of the world, but of who you are as a person and what you enjoy doing.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – You didn’t think I’d have a Favorite Fictional Worlds list without this did you?? The wizarding world sounds like an absolute blast, assuming you don’t run afoul of any of the murderous dark wizards. There is such awe and endless possibility in the wizarding world. Though, I could use with some less post book world building…

Cosmere (Mistborn/Stormlight Archives/others) – Brandon Sanderson can build one heck of a world. I can’t say I’d want to visit the world in Mistborn until the Era 2 book, but Roshar in Stormlight Archives has some really interesting sounding places. Putting aside the livability factor of Sanderson’s worlds, I really have to doff my hat to the man, because never in my life have I experienced world building as good as his. It seems so effortless, yet I can imagine there is quite a bit of work behind it all. And the way all the differently worlds tie in via the Cosmere kinda blows my mind. Literally, it blows right past my mind sometimes, but in a good way.

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Friday Favorites: Magic Systems

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Well, I originally had an intro that lamented that this was going to be a short post because I had just had my soul sucked forcibly from my body via a Game of Thrones Season 5 recap post. BUT, I somehow managed more words than I thought I could get. YAY! This makes me happy because I love this topic!

As always, drop your links in the comments and I’ll add it to the link list! I’ve been seeing some new blogs joining in and THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY!


Allomancy & Feruchemy – The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson has my ALL TIME favorite magic system. I can’t even begin to explain it right now. It’s one of those things that has to be seen for yourself, as it were…that is me telling to you go read Mistborn RIGHT GOSH DARN NOW! FYI: the magic system is decently complex but explained in such a way that a dummy like me was able to understand. Sanderson is a gosh darn wizard.

Small Science – Look, the Grishaverse trilogy by Leigh Bardugo wasn’t my favorite (my heart will always belong to Six of Crows), but I loved the magic system in it. I love magic systems where everyone has a specific type of magic. There’s the Corporalki (magic that affects the living and the dead), Etherealki (elemental magic), and Materialki (magic to like…make stuff?). I probably need to brush up on all the specifics but Bardugo created on fine magic system (which we will soon see on Netflix AND OMG I’M STILL FREAKING OUT ABOUT THAT).

Everything in the Stormlight Archives – Sanderson strikes again with his magic systems. There isn’t just one system in these books, but the one that particularly stands out is Surgebinding. Again, I’m not gonna get into details because Sanderson is the master at complex systems, but Surgebinding in these books leads to many epic things, including one bad ass fight in the skies.

Magic in general in Harry Potter – Look, this one may seem like kind of a cop out, but even though the magic is simple in Harry Potter, there is such a sense of wonder in it and I can’t help but love it. I love the spell names, I love the small spells to do small thing, I love the swish and flick! PLEASE SOMEONE TAKE ME TO HOGWARTS!

Honorable Mention – The Magicians…so, really, I’m going off the TV series here because I can’t remember much about the book (I didn’t like it much but I’m gonna give it another shot since I LOVE the TV series). But the way they cast spells is intensely awesome:

If you aren’t watching this show, you should probably change that.

Friday Favorites: Fictional Criminals

Yay, it is Friday! FINALLY! I had Monday off work and for whatever reason, four day work weeks always seem to last for 18 days. But we are not here to listen to me ramble about time and its eccentricities. We are here to talk about fictional criminals and how much we love them! Because let’s face it, a story is always more interesting if there is a good criminal involved.

And if you have your own Friday Favorites post remember to drop a link in the comments so I can add it to the link list!! Happy Friday, y’all!


Captain Mal and the crew of Serenity – Now, before you yell at me about adding TV show characters to my list, let me direct you to the fact that there are a series of Firefly novels currently being published. Let’s just ignore the fact that I haven’t read any of them yet. I just couldn’t imagine talking about favorite criminals without mentioning the crew that brought us the phrase: “Shiny! Let’s be bad guys.”

Nik Malikov – When I first started reading Gemina last year I was worried about having to adjust to all new characters. But then I met the boy of questionable quality aka Nik Malikov and I knew everything would be okay. What does it say about me that I felt that way from a drug dealing, mob boy with a neck tattoo? Let’s not go down that road. Thinking about it, Nik may be my favorite criminal on this list. Oh crap…my desire to reread The Illuminae Files again has been triggered…

Kelsier and the crew from Mistborn – One of my favorite things in the world is a crew of criminals and there is no better crew than the one in Mistborn. Led by the charismatic and stabby Kelsier, this crew of cons run a job that drastically changes the world they live in. There is really no way for me to properly describe how awesome the characters in Mistborn are. It is something you have to experience for yourself. Seriously, GO READ MISTBORN!

George Cooper – Full disclosure, SE White is the reason I remembered to include George Cooper on my list. She is constantly reminding me how awesome all the Tamora Pierce books are and I thank her for it. But back to George, wonderfully criminal George. It’s been ages since I’ve read the Song of the Lioness quartet, but I remember a delightfully sarcastic and cocky (but also loyal and wise) King of Thieves that stole the heart of Alanna and me. I’m still a little bitter George isn’t real and currently my husband.

Kaz Brekker and the Dregs – Did you really think I was going to leave the ultimate YA criminals off this list? The Dregs are the criminals I’d want on my side. They may not go about their lives in a good, lawful way, but they are more honest and trustworthy than a lot of characters I’ve read. No mourners, no funerals.

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Friday Favorite: Plot Twists

Happiest of Fridays, my dear bookish people! Plot twists are what bring us here today. I tend to be completely oblivious when it comes to plot twists, so I am constantly surprised and I kinda love it. There is nothing I love more then a stunning and tragic plot twist.

And before I jump into these twists, please remember that if you have a Friday Favorites post to drop the link in the comments!

Considering the contents of this post I about to yell spoiler warning for the following books: Crown of Midnight, Golden Son, LIFEL1K3, The Cruel Prince, The Wicked King, and The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn Era 2).

SPOILER WARNING!!!!!

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas – Crown of Midnight gets over looked a lot in the Throne of Glass series, but it is honestly my favorite book in the series because of the HEART WRENCHING AND GUT PUNCHING TWISTS! First, Nehemia’s death. O. M. G. This scene is so horrific and so intense. Celaena attacking Chaol and Dorian using his magic to stop her from killing him. SO GOOD. Listing to that scene via audiobook made me cry and gave me chills. And just when you think there can’t possibly be any more emotionally traumatic moments, we get Chaol saying goodbye to Celaena and then finding out who she really is: the lost princess, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius. While I predicted the twist of who she was, I love the execution of the reveal. No discussion of territorial Fae bastards will ever change my mind on Crown of Midnight being my favorite of the Throne of Glass Books.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown – Raise your hand if you’ve been personally victimized by Pierce Brown.

Brown is a gosh darn evil mastermind and I love him all the more for it. But the ending of Golden Son nearly killed me. I don’t know why I thought there wasn’t going to be something terrible at the end of this book. Like, how did I think for one second that Darrow was going to go to that celebration and everything was going to be just fine? Everything was NOT FINE. Darrow gets betrayed by Roque, Fitchner’s head is in a box, and so many people die. AND THAT’S THE END OF THE BOOK! I read this book BEFORE book 3 was published and let me tell you, the wait for Morning Star was INTENSELY painful. I also read this book before I knew of the wonderful book community on the internet so I had no one to scream about the book with. Lately a lot of my bookish friends have been reading this series and it warms my evil heart to know that others are suffering the emotional trauma that I once went through.

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff – Another evil mastermind here. Kristoff really likes to make his readers cry and/or scream. While LIFEL1K3 didn’t evoke any tears from me, it did make me scream with that ending! While I called a lot of the twists, the one I didn’t see coming was Evie deciding to go all evil bad ass on us. I read this book in under 24 hours because I just could not put it down. But the moment it was over I put that book in a corner so it could think about what it had done to me. I NEED DEV1AT3 LIKE NOW!

The Cruel Prince/The Wicked King by Holly Black – These books live on the plot twists that happen in the last few pages of each book. Honestly, the characters are the pure definition of hot mess for most of the story, but the endings of each of these books really save them. Don’t get me wrong, I am trash for these books, but perfect they are not. The endings though, oh the endings. The Cruel Prince gave us Jude snaring Carden into a pact and a crown and The Wicked King gave us the wedding/banishment that shook the book world. All I know is The Queen of Nothing has a lot to live up to in the plot twist department.

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson – Okay, so here’s the thing about this one: I don’t actually remember what the plot twist is…

Yeah, so, I have garbage reading memory. I can literally finish a book, close it, put it back on the shelf, and then not be able to tell you half of what happened in it. I just have a memory of a scene where Waxillium is crying and Steris is trying to comfort him in her own way. I know it’s some big reveal and it was emotionally rough. But I cannot for the life of me really remember what it is. Luckily, I’ll be rereading the books with my Sanderson Sisters soon, so I’ll get to relive the trauma all over again. YAY!

What books have some of your favorite plot twists?

Friday Favorites: Fictional Friendships

HI FRIENDS! We gather here on this Friday to talk our favorite fictional friendships. So many f words already in this post, I love it. Anyways, I’m going to dive right into this one because to be completely honest I had forgotten what day of the week it is and I’m typing this up Thursday night and it is past my bed time. I swear, I’m not normally this much of a hot mess (except I am, I’m just usually better at filtering it out).

As always, if you participate in this week’s Friday Favorites please drop a link to your post in the comments so I can add it to my list of links throughout the day.

Wax and Wayne (Mistborn Era 2) – I make it my personal mission to make sure anyone who says they have or are going to start reading Mistborn knows that it’s not just the original trilogy. There is ERA 2 and it is there that we get to meet the awesomeness that is Waxillium Ladrian and Wayne. They are the perfect buddy cop duo, except in Sanderson’s hands, it’s like buddy cops in a western/steam punkish world filled with one of the best magic systems in fantasy fiction today. Read these books and then try to name a more iconic duo. I’ll wait…

Karou and Zuzana (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) – Full disclosure: I thought I was going to hate Zuzana when she was first introduced in this story. How dare this cute little character show up in what promised to be a deep, dark story? And then, I was COMPLETELY won over by her friendship with Karou. They really are a fantastic example of female friendship in YA fiction, which is not something we always get. I will eternally be offering Zuze slices of chocolate cake for ever questioning her awesomeness.

Darrow and Sevro (Red Rising Saga) – Sevro is another prime example of me questioning a friendship choice in a book and coming to change my ways. I mean, Sevro was a bit…weird at first. But Sevro and Darrow play so well off each other and Sevro balances out all the seriousness of Darrow. And the loyalty that Sevro gains from the Howlers is so damned inspiring. I’d follow Sevro into battle. I’d probably die, but with him around I’d be laughing as I go. I have concerns about this friendship going into the next book, Dark Age. I just have a terrible feeling that Pierce Brown is going to do something horrible to my two bros. I wonder why I feel that way…it’s not like Pierce Brown has ever done anything terrible to my emotions before…

The Fellowship (Lord of the Rings) – I mean, this should be obvious. I almost just focused on the hobbits, because let’s face it, I love my hobbit bros more than anything in this world, but it would be a disservice to the other friendships in this series. To be honest, most of my LOTR opinions are based on the movies right now because it’s been a while since I’ve read the books, but seeing the Fellowship grow from arguing over the One Ring in Rivendell to fighting for each other’s lives was kind of wonderful.

The Golden Trio (Harry Potter) – Duh.




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Friday Favorites: Reading Music

Well, hello there my dear bookish people! This post is coming at you from Emerald City Comic Con! I just finished my first day at the con and it was a blast! The last panel I went to for the day was a sing along for Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog and it was AMAZING! Getting to sing along with a whole room full of other fans was awesome and it gives me a great segue into this week’s Friday Favorites topic: Reading Music!

I know that this is a love it or loathe it topic but I LOVE music while I read. I live in a fairly noisy neighborhood and I find the sounds of my neighbors distracting (and highly annoying, but I’ll refrain from a rant).

And quickly, before I dive into my favorite reading music, I wanted to say that since I am at con tomorrow I wont be able to make a link list of any Friday Favorites as early as I normally would. I will definitely pull any Friday Favorites post links that you drop in my comments and make the list at the end of the day when I am home from con. I really appreciate everyone who posts and I try to maintain the link list through the day, but it just wont be possible tomorrow. SORRY!!


Two Steps from Hell, specifically the following albums: Skyworld, Battlecry, Unleashed, and Vanquish – I stumbled upon this group on Pandora about 3 years ago and it was one of the best musical discoveries I’ve had in ages. They are neo classical and TOTALLY EPIC! You’d think they’d only be good for fantasy book reading, but I read the Illuminae Files with Skyworld and Battlecry as my background and it was awesome. I specifically recommend Cannon in D Minor from Battlecry.

Anything by Bear McCreary – Bear McCreary is my favorite. I was first introduced to his work from the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack. He goes from rhythmic drums for battles to heart wrenching violins for emotional scenes with such masterful grace. After BSG, I would start new TV shows and think “Hm, I like this score, I wonder if it’s Bear” and it almost always was. He has also worked on Black Sails, The Walking Dead, Da Vinci’s Demons, Outlander, and many more. His ability to evoke strong emotions pairs well with reading for me. I specifically recommend Roslin and Adama from Battlestar Galatica Season 2 soundtrack.

RetroWave/Outrun playlist on Spotify – I need to say right now that I am so happy I got a Spotify account finally. Their curated playlists are a thing of beauty. The RetroWave/Outrun playlist is synth-y perfection and is awesome for science fiction reading. I specifically recommend Gutterpunk Kids by Sami Matar.

Claissical Noir playlist on Spotify РHooooooo boy, I love this playlist. Another one that I stumbled upon randomly through Spotify. It is rich and dark and everything I need for reading. I think it pairs better with more in depth fantasy stories, but it really could be good for anything. I specifically recommend They Being Dead Yet Speaketh by Jóhann Jóhannsson.

The Lord of the Rings Complete Recordings soundtracks by Howard Shore – I mean, is there music more perfect for fantasy reading? These soundtracks take you all through Middle Earth, but they blend nicely to whatever story you are reading. I also like the Hobbit soundtracks, but I feel like the LOTR soundtracks just fit reading better. I specifically recommend The Plains of Rohan from the Two Towers soundtrack.

So, do you listen to music when you read? And if yes, what is your favorite music to listen to?

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Friday Favorites: TV Shows to watch when not reading

Here’s the deal: sometimes I can’t read. Sometimes I am too stressed or depressed or tired or whatever to focus on books. That’s when I turn to my TV. As much as I love books and reading, TV is really my happy place. It gives me the ability to disconnect and escape in a much easier way than books and sometimes that’s just what I need.

So, here’s my (shortened) list of favorite TV shows:


Top Gear – I can’t begin to truly describe why I love this show as much as I do. I remember when I first heard of Top Gear I thought it was the lamest thing. Who wants to listen to three old British dudes talk about cars? And then I watched it. Now I can word for word quotes many of the episodes and whenever I am feeling sad and need a laugh I know exactly where I’ll turn to.

Great British Bake Off – This is the show I watch when I hate the world because it reminds me that there is good out there. And that goodness comes in the form of baking innuendos and good bakes. This was another one of those shows that I thought was ridiculous at first. What is so interesting about watching British people crouching in front of their ovens? But this show is everything good and pure in the world. The bakers help each other, everyone hugs and cries when someone leaves, and there is never any of the “I’m not here to make friends” bullshit that plagues US cooking competitions shows. I straight up sob when they do the “what the bakers have been up to” montage because they are always doing awesome things and having get togethers with each other.

Doctor Who – Yes, one of my happy time shows Doctor Who, which is well known for some of the most emotionally traumatic moments in TV history (at least in my opinion). I used to specifically make my friends watch the Doomsday episodes on the morning after my birthday when we were hungover and consuming copious amounts of greasy breakfast food. But even though the Doctor can bring the pain, he can also bring the joy. The snark, the wondrous joy of space exploration, the friendships. Doctor Who has been a FANTASTIC part of my life for a decade. (side note: if you need a scene to make you chuckle immediately go look up “The Unicorn and the Wasp – Harvey Wallbanger Detox scene” on YouTube)

Psych – If you need a show that is part cop procedural and part ridiculous chaos then look no further than Psych. I randomly started watching this brilliant show a few years back and I’ve now probably watched each season at least 3 or 4 times (with the exception of the last season). The sense of humor balances perfectly with the few moments of drama. I have never watched this show and not ended up with a smile on my face.

Cutthroat Kitchen – I love evil Alton Brown SO MUCH. He is such a ridiculously smart man and he has snark for daaaaaaaaaaaays. My old roommate and I used to watch this all the time and it makes me happy just thinking about it. I was forlorn for a while because I thought I couldn’t watch it anymore but I found out it is streaming on Hulu, so now I know what I’m doing when I’m done with my Game of Thrones rewatch…

Anything from Whedonverse– I’m talking Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, Firefly, and Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. All wonderful. All brilliant. All perfectly capable of making me smile AND ripping my heart out (sometimes at the same time). Even though Firefly and Dr. Horrible are at the top of my Whedon list, it all started with Buffy for me. I wouldn’t be the nerd I am without Whedonverse and I will always be grateful to these shows.

I really could go on with this list for ages but I have a very long day of work ahead of me (as I type this it is Thursday night) and it is waaaaaay past my bed time.

What TV shows do you love to watching when you aren’t reading?

And don’t forget to drop a link in the comments to your Friday Favorites post!

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Friday Favorites: TBR Books

I have been told that it is Friday and honestly I’m not sure I believe it. For reasons unknown to me, I have been totally off with my days all week. I was convinced that yesterday was Friday and Monday was Wednesday and I’m just confused at this point. I suspect the nargles are behind.

But since it is Friday, we get FRIDAY FAVORITES! This week’s topic was the one I had so many issues with my wording on. But you know those books that have been on your TBR for aaaaaaaaaaaaages and you know you’ll love them but you just don’t find yourself reading them? I call them my favorite TBR books.


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I KNOW! The fact that I haven’t yet read this series is shocking to numerous of my bookish friends. For the longest time I refused to pick the book up because the cover just seemed a little cheesy to me (I am insufferable cover snob sometimes and it is stupid of me). But during my time on bookstagram I have been told that I am daft and I need to pick up this fun, easy read. I wont lie, I keep hearing about this Thorne character and I am quite intrigued.

The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima
I have owned the first book in this series since at least September 22, 2012 (Thanks Facebook Memories). DAMN NEAR 7 YEARS and I haven’t so much as opened the book. This is not a widely known series but the few that I know who have read it, RAVE about it. Because I am who I am…I’ve bought the rest of the books in the series. And…the books for the 2nd series in this world. AND I STILL HAVEN’T READ THEM. I have problems, y’all. But I have been told I’ll love the series *fingers crossed*

Rivers of London Series by Ben Aaronovitch
I cannot even begin to describe how much I want to read these books. But have I? NOPE. Which makes zero sense because the blurb on the front of this book says “What would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz”. Like…YES, PLEASE! I have a deep appreciation for cop procedural TV series (my most recent favorite is The Rookie with Nathan Fillion!), so I know this book will be well loved by me considering it has magic too. I’m sure once I start this series I’ll be singing my usual tune of “OMG WHY DIDN’T I START THIS SOONER?!?”

Keiko Series by Mike Brooks
Everything about this series screams “READ ME NOW, KIBBY! DO THE THING!” Readers, I have not done the thing. It has smugglers, a ship captain with the name Ichabod Drift, secret pasts, con artists, and Old Earth. What’s not to love about all that?? This is another series that I bought all the books to before even reading one word. I have a tendency to do this because I lack SELF CONTROL and probably a huge emotional void that I try to fill with pretty books I can post on bookstagram. At the end of the day, this series sounds like it could easily crash land its way straight to my heart…if only I’d actually read it.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Apparently, the trees speak Latin. I want to know how this is possible. Hell, I want to know what this book is about. Because it sounds all whimsical and dark and fun. I’ve never read a book by Stiefvater and I am quite looking forward to it. Many people on bookstagram have yelled at me to read this series and I’m thinking this might be the year. Granted…I said that last year.

So what books have you had on your TBR for ages that you know you’ll love?

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