Life is Wild, y’all

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I literally just opened my computer for the first time in over a week. I haven’t touched my current read in almost as long. I’ve missed talking and posting on here. Life is wild and sometimes you lose time for the things you love. Adulting is hard. Sometimes it means giving up something you love sometimes. Now, I’m not leading into quitting blogging. I swear I’m not. I just want to say, I’m still here. I can’t guarantee a post every week, or that I’ll stick to my schedule. But I’m alive, I’m trying, and I’m here. I love you guys. Thanks for sticking with me.

to be continued…..(when I have time to breathe haha)

Book Review: The Boy Who Steals Houses

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26968351._sy540_Can two broken boys find their perfect home?

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie. 

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.

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Oh hi! It’s me and I’m crying over a book again. also this review, like any other review I write, is most likely going to be a mess and may not make sense. Yay. We might have to get used to this. This book was wildly good, and it made me so happy yet here I am. Crying. Wow. HOW RUDE.
Also I read somewhere that Cait tried to write this is a happy book… if this is her try at a happy book, I’m for sure screwed when I read A THOUSAND PERFECT NOTES. like for absolutely sure.
This book is gorgeously written. Like WOW. I was highlighting every few sentences in my ebook copy, because it was all just SO GOOD. can I highlight a whole book??? Please say yes.
I will say. It took me a little while to gather up the courage to read this. I was absolutely terrified that I wouldn’t like it. I’m saying all this for the sake and our honesty. I’m going to be transparent: reading a book by someone who you’re friends with and admire so so much and then reviewing it is A WHOLE ENTIRE TRIP. it was rough. But I really shouldn’t’ve been worried, because this book is absolutely amazing and wonderful and I CRIED SO MUCH. okay thanks, let’s continue with the review now.
Have you ever heard of like cinnamon roll boys who are soft and sensitive and wonderful and respectful and basically hufflepuffs and must be protected at all costs? THAT’S THE LOU BOYS. someone protect these boys pls, I can’t even.
Okay so. Trying to add a little structure here to organize my thoughts. So maybe this next bit will have less flailing? Haha sure.
In examination of the plot, I found nothing really lacking. I think the pacing was exactly how it should have been, and while the ending is a little open ended, I think it had a solid arc, inciting incident, and finale. In examination of the characters, each one was complete. They are felt extremely real, and the ones who drove the story had a solid motive and you were really able to understand where they came from.
In contemporaries, there isn’t always a villain like what we see in a fantasy or action novel. But I find that villains in contemporaries take a different kind of role. In this story, we had a couple villains who Sam had to overcome and “defeat”. There’s no defeat of the villain per se, but we get to see Sam overcome the obstacles and I think it helps with the sense of closure at the end of the story.
I loved loved loved loved the De Laineys. Like wow. I thought their role in the story was amazing and I loved the emotion that they bring to the story and their love and acceptance of Sam. It was amazing.
Speaking of the De Laineys!! We have to talk about Moxie. She’s easily my favorite character and I love her. I am scared of her but I also want to be her best friend at the same time. She’s an absolutely badass.
Also. Moxie and Sam. YES YES YES YES. I love everything about their relationship. I love them together, how Moxie takes care of Sam when no one else does, and how he so fiercely protects her. TALK ABOUT A POWER COUPLE, Y’ALL.
I can’t personally speak for the autistic rep, but I believe this is ownvoices and I think that Cait handled it very well. I loved Avery so much and as a sister of someone with special needs and communication issues not completely unlike Avery’s, I understand what Sam felt and loved how he stood up for Avery and protected him, I also loved how Avery stood up for himself as well and how he took care of Sam in the end. Everyone looked to fix him, but he wasn’t broken, just different.
I also love the mental health rep. Sam is not okay. And I think it’s so important that in the end, he has a support system and gets help, rather than everything magically being okay at the end of the story.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: abuse, anxiety, bullying, violence (if you know of more, comment them and I’ll add them!)

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Have you read this book?? It’s amazing, right? Or if not, what did or didn’t you like? Have you read any of Cait’s other books? Let’s chat!!

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Favorites of the Month!

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I have a confession??? I only read one book in April. It was a WILD month. I bought a car, turned 18, and I work like a lot. Also I’m terrified that I’ll hate my current read so I’m only, like, a chapter in. Buuuuuuut the only book I read this month I really loved so it’s not an awful situation!

UPDATE: finished my current read!! it’s a definite favorite so I’m going to include it!!

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918wj6xhrflThis book was amazing. It’s the perfect empowering, feminist read. It’s action packed, with a badass female lead who is smart and amazing and she’s basically a scientist too!
There’s also some amazing romance, wonderful friendships, and it’s just a really good book, y’all.

26968351._sy540_I was absolutely terrified to read this. I was so scared that for some reason I  wouldn’t like it! Thank god that was just fear talking! This book is amazing. I cried a bunch. It also made me amazingly happy and Sam and Avery must be protected!! at all costs!! okay I’m done now.

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So that actually wasn’t a horrible reading month! I only read two books, but I absolutely loved both of them. It balanced itself out.

What did you read in April? Any new favorites? anything you hated? Let’s chat!!

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My Favorite Adult Books

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So apparently I turn 18 on Saturday. WHAT. That’s messed up. So I’m going to be an adult I guess(legally at least). HELP I DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO ADULT. Anyway, in celebration of my impending doom(*cough* I mean, adulthood), I thought I’d round up my favorite adult books that I’ve read(there isn’t a lot, haha) and flail to y’all about them! Let’s do this…

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20Did you think I wasn’t going to mention Tamara Leigh’s books? HAHA. I’m predictable, y’all. I’m talking about allllll her books, but I used the Age of Faith series here for the graphic because the first book in that was my first Tamara Leigh book! (I was HOOKED). Honestly she’s my favorite romance writer, especially of the adult genre!

md_3369c3233cd7-acotarWe covered the fact that I’m predictable. This series and the next is like every YA reader’s favorite adult series. Buuuut with this one I’m actually talking about A COURT OF MIST AND FURY. While I don’t have a favorite Tamara Leigh book, ACOMAF is definitely my favorite ACOTAR book and my fave Sarah J Maas book! BECAUSE I’M BASIC, Y’ALL.

a-darker-shade-of-magic-ve-schwab-series-book-covers-1024x513hello it’s me. you might’ve not recognized me because–OH WAIT YOU KNOW IT’S ME, I’M RECOMMENDING THE SAME FAVES AGAIN. But y’all. this series tho. It’s gorgeously written, emotionally charged, with a stunning magic system and the best cast of characters.  IT’S REALLY GREAT.

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These books are epic, high fantasy at it’s best. They are long AF but seriously worth it! When I first read the Way of Kings, I finished it in 2 days. It’s so long, but well plotted. The plot isn’t dragged out to lengthen the book, we don’t have super boring sections. It’s interesting at every turn and full of twists!

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it’s kind of crazy to think I’ve only got two years left to be a teen?? wow. that’s ridiculous. but I’m actually excited for my birthday(maybe because there’ll be cheesecake), and I thought this was a fun way to celebrate this milestone in my life!

What are your favorite adult books? Have you read any of the ones on my list? What did you think of them? Let’s chat!!

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Book Review: To Best the Boys

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918wj6xhrflEvery year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. Every year, the poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone’s ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the maze.

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This books speaks to my soul. I’m feeling so dang empowered, honestly. Also. I’m like, having trouble wording right now, so this review is going to be a mess, I don’t even know why I do that disclaimer anymore, all my reviews are a mess, tbh. Is flailing an acceptable form of professional reviewing tactics?? That’s where we’re at, y’all.
I’m going to try and make sense, here, I made a lot of notes one what I want to say so maybe it’ll work out.
This book is absolutely brilliant and the perfect feminist read. We open in a world that views women as wives and mothers and cooks and cleaners, the stereotypical gender roles that are often expected in women in even our day and age. But seeing Rhen fight her way through and break free of the gender roles pressed upon her from a young age, seeing her access her potential is so, so satisfying. I think it was also important to see Seleni’s hopes and dreams as well. She has chosen the gender roles that are so common, but she’s truly happy with that. She chose it. Maybe not all women want to conquer the world, but it’s so important that they’re given the choice.
While we’re talking about Seleni and Rhen, I’m going to mentioned how much I loved their friendship. Positive female friendships are so important in stories, and we can never truly have enough. Seleni doesn’t have the same dreams as Rhen, but she unconditionally supports Rhen in her dreams and choices. GIRLS SUPPORTING GIRLS, YALL. it’s the best.
I loved seeing Rhen, with her interest in science. What’s often seen as a field for men, and it’s great to see a powerful woman conquering that field. We need more women in science, because women are so, so smart!
I love Rhen’s strong relationship with both of her parents. She gets along well with her dad, and we see the complexity of her relationship with her mom and her mom’s sickness.
I enjoyed seeing the societal divides in the relationship Rhen has with the Uppers, but also the societal divides in education, as education is something that is seen as an entitlement to the rich, but something not necessary for those of a lower class. I think it was important to see the amount of Lowers who were seeking after such an education, and how a lack of money held them back from that.
It took awhile for us to get to the actual Labyrinth, which was frustrating, but I understand the need for a build up to it, to see exactly what got Rhen to that point, and also to show us more of the disease and how it’s affecting the Lowers. I do wish we had a bit more of it, because Rhen kicked butt, but I loved what we did get.
I’m not going to touch on this much, because RHEN DON’T NEED NO MAN but I did really love the romance. Lute is the sweetest and he is so respectful of Rhen and her choices and who she is.
The writing is absolutely stunning. The prose, the characters, it all is incapsulated in what is an amazing writing style from Mary. The plot is amazing and kickass but the character shine and practically steal the show. I loved everyone except for some buttheads, which were, natuarally, men.
This book is a stunning, empowering, powerful read for girls of all ages, and boys too! I love it and you should definitely read it.

What’s the last book that made you feel crazy empowered? Have you read this book? What did you think? Let’s chat!!

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I Recommended Books Based off of Songs People Tweeted At Me

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Oh hi it’s me. Yes, I’ve done this before. Buuuuut it was super fun and was so well received, I thought I’d do it again! So, how this goes: I asked y’all to tweet me your favorite songs, I picked five of them that I’d never heard, listened to them for the first time, and now I’m going to recommend books that those songs made me think of!

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Living Louder  –  The Cab

This song immediately made me think of THAT NIGHT by Amy Giles. I think overall the song feels very hopeful, and it’s all about living in the moment and making the most of the life you’ve been handed, which actually reminds me of THAT NIGHT. The song is a lot lighter than the book, but I think some of the lyrics really resonate with the book. I loved this book so much.

Summerlong  –  Kathleen Edwards

It’s in the title, but this makes me think of, like, a summer romance of sorts. Something happy that doesn’t end well, bittersweet. Which, well, fits BETWEEN US AND THE MOON by Rebecca Maizel. Gosh, it’s been years since I read this, but I remember it was beautiful. The romance was gorgeous, the writing amazing, and the ending bittersweet!

Overwhelming  –  Jon Bellion

I don’t really know why, but this makes me think of A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA by Tahereh Mafi! I honestly have no idea why. I was going to try and explain it, but I don’t know why. It just does! This book is amazing, though!

Sermon  –  James Arthur

This song really fits the mood of WHAT THE FLOWER SAYS OF DEATH. Some of the lyrics really make me think of the romance in that story, and the song feels dark and talks about stuff that I think just really makes me think of that book. It just fits, you know? Also WHAT THE FLOWER SAYS OF DEATH is an amazing book and y’all should read itttt

In the End  –  Linkin Park

This song is really different from what I usually listen to, which is cool because this post is taking me out of my comfort zone and introducing me to new stuff! But because it was so different from my normal music, it was really hard to settle on a book to recommend based on this song! I read through the lyrics and I immediately thought of ALWAYS FOREVER MAYBE by Anica Mrose Rissi. I feel like the lyrics fit that book well. Or at least well enough, haha!

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This last song reminds me of why I so enjoy doing this post! Some of these songs really take me out of my comfort zone and I love getting introduced to new stuff and getting to see into what y’all are interested in! It’s so fascinating.

What have you been listening to lately? What book would you recommend based on your favorite(at the moment) song? Have you listened to any of these songs or read any of these books? Let’s chat!!

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No review today!

I feel like I’m making a lot of these posts lately, but there won’t be a review up today. This week really got away from me. Between work and college visits and school I just didn’t have the time to finish my current read! I did buy a car this week, after a lot of saving, so there’s one victory! Thank you all for your patience, love, and support ♥️♥️

Books with Soft Boys You Need to Read this Spring

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IT’S SPRING! As much as I miss Winter, I guess I have to embrace that. And Spring, to me is pastels and sweet times, and it’s like officially the soft season. It’s true because I said it. And what do I like a lot in books that’s soft…. YEP IT’S SOFT BOYS. I’ve been watching the Goldbergs recently too and Geoff is like the cutest sweetest soft boy cinnamon roll and oh my heart. So because it’s Spring and because I need no excuse to talk about the soft boys in books(especially since there’s none in my life), I’M RECOMMENDING YOU BOOKS WITH SOFT BOYS. Let’s do this.

I’m going to preface this with a disclaimer. This post is based on my definition of soft boy. A soft boy is: a hufflepuff basically, but he’s sweet and awkward and respectful and basically the ideal man. Think Tom Holland or Steve Rogers(pre-serum specifically) Probably not “ripped”(though they sometimes are well-muscled), maybe a nerd, but he’s sweet and would protect you at all costs. They’re in touch with their feelings(thank god) and don’t shy away from being vulnerable with someone(but they’re not like vulnerable with everyone, if that makes sense) Basically: Sweet, kind, would never hurt anyone(unless said person hurt you)

So now that that’s out of the way, let’s get into the books!

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tcpcoverThis book is amazing. But what really shines isssss LEVI. He’s the OG soft boy, y’all. He’s respectful of how far Bee is willing to go intimately, supportive during some real struggles, and he’s for real just like amazing.

image1JACK Y’ALL. LET’S TALK ABOUT JACK. He’s patient and understanding, showing constant respect for Violet and her family, and he’s so sweet and HE’S GREAT OKAY. He’s constantly looking out for Violet(he would protect) and from his role in the story you really wouldn’t expect him to be so soft, but HE IS.

a-very-large-expanse-of-sea-678x1024Ocean is the ultimate soft boy. He’s geeky and sweet and innocent and 100% will protect, y’all. He’s an amazing human and while the romance isn’t the full point of this book, it’s definitely an amazing factor to consider! READ THIS BOOK.

thatnightI actually didn’t first think of Lucas as a soft boy. He’s first introduced and he doesn’t present as one immediately. But once we got further in, I knew he was one. Reason numero uno: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS. But he’s just sweet and understanding, and respectful of Jess’s privacy and what she’s going through. Also he reps having anxiety which is so needed. We need to see more boys in books with anxiety!

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Y’all, that’s what I’ve got for today. I’m not going to lie, the past couple of months have been hard for me to keep up with everything in my life. So posts have been spotty at times. They may continue to be spotty in the future. But I’m really trying here, and if posts don’t go up it isn’t for lack of trying. Thank you all for sticking through all this with me. You are why I keep going on this when it’s hard. So thank you.

We all love soft boys, right?? What’s your favorite soft boy? What book is he from? LET’S CHAT!!

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Book Review: Sherwood

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sherwoodRobin of Locksley is dead.

Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on, but the people of Locksley town, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, need a protector. And the dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley and Marian’s fiancé.
Who is there to stop them?
Marian never meant to tread in Robin’s footsteps—never intended to stand as a beacon of hope to those awaiting his triumphant return. But with a sweep of his green cloak and the flash of her sword, Marian makes the choice to become her own hero: Robin Hood. 

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12 year old me would’ve killed for this book. And honestly? 17 year old me is pretty obsessed. This book is entirely different from what I expected it to be, entirely different from anything else I’ve ever read. I can’t even bring words to mind to describe how amazing this book was. Just say I’ve been obsessed with Robin Hood for years would be, honestly, an understatement. I literally wrote a magazine about him when I was 12. I based a whole magazine off of Robin Hood. I wrote fanfiction. I was…. I was obsessed. This book is everything I could’ve ever wanted and more honestly.
The level of emotion this book is written with. The words fly off the pages, the setting is vibrant and familiar, the story… this book shines from the very first page. I’m absolutely in love with the way Meagan writes. I thought it couldn’t get better after Hunter, which was beautifully written and stole my heart. Guess who was wrong? IT WAS ME BECAUSE I LOVE THIS BOOK MORE THAN HUNTED AND IT STOLE THE SHOW AND MY HEART AND EVERYTHING I HAD LEFT.
(note: this review will most likely not be coherent, please enjoy my mental meltdown)
As much as I love the premise, I love the plot, the characters shine the brightest in this book. They’re complex and so much more than they are in any Robin Hood story I’ve ever read. The sheer amount of development we see in this story in each character is absolutely stunning.
The different relationships in this are honestly so complex. I loved the relationship between Alan and Elena(so sweet), the complex, tense relationship between Gisborne and Marian, Marian’s relationship with her father, Marian and Elena’s beautiful sisterhood, the comradery between Marian and the men of Robin Hood… I could go on all day. Possibly the most important in the story, as it is a part of the inciting incident, is the relationship between Robin and Marian.
I think it’s the most interesting, as it goes the line between love and friends, and I loved Robin as a character. He accepted Marian where she was, and let her be whoever she wanted to be. It’s such a bittersweet relationship, because in flashbacks and memories we can see it developing, see what it’s becoming, how important it is to Marian, and we know it’s been ripped away. The raw grief that we open the story with is jaw dropping. We get to see Marian broken down, then as she rises from the ashes, we learn about what and why she was so crushed in the beginning of the story. We watch as she guides herself, thinking it’s Robin’s soul, into what she’s truly meant to become.
I think it was good seeing the true effects that death has on the soul. Stories often have people killing people left and right, with now remorse or guilt, but in this we see what it truly must feel like. Guilt, horror, nightmares, it’s dark but I think it’s important to include. how it haunts and twists a person.
I think this book is an amazing story, and it’s also so empowering. Seeing Marian defying expectations, taking hold of her own story and vividly defying the role that she and all other women are expected to play in their society. And Elena. ELENA. She doesn’t take such a large stand, but we see her come out of her shell and stand up for herself and it’s amazing.
I don’t have a lot of time left, but I want to discuss perhaps the most complex character in this whole book: Gisborne. It was amazing and jaw dropping and stunning, the development he showed, the sheer complexity of his character.
There are so many amazing quotes I highlighted, this book is so beautifully written and exactly, exactly what I didn’t know I was hoping for. This review, that synopsis, none of it does this book justice. (Except for that cover, because WOW)
So overall. This book made me cry like a baby(maybe it’s the cold medicine) (maybe not), and it’s ripe with emotion, empowerment, and the truth of what it meant to take a stand as Robin Hood. READ THE DANG BOOK, Y’ALL.

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What’s your favorite Robin Hood retelling? What book would 12 year old you have killed for? Have you read this book? Let’s chat!!

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Favorites of the Month

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March is nearly over and I’m just like??? wow how rude. Also Spring is here and I have mixed emotions about that whole debacle. BUT I’m actually excited that March is over becauuuuuse my birthday is in April! I’m very excited. It’s going to be pretty snazzy. Planning on eating cheesecake and registering to vote, all the important things! So, since March is over, I’ve got some things that I read and want to talk about!

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51vcrj1qf5lI actually like started an unexpected reread of all of Tamera’s medieval books at the end of February and…. I read them all very fast and have a large book hangover. THEY’RE SO GOOD Y’ALL. I read this one for the first time and OOF. It hit all the right notes.

9780062865670_6c5d6This is actually a four star but I wanted to talk about it! It’s a really interesting story that has amazing friendships, romance, and it’s like kind of mystery? It was really fun and I couldn’t put it down!

sherwoodI’M STILL CRYING OVER THIS ONE. To be fair, I finished it earlier today(the day I’m scheduling this post). It’s everything. EVERYTHING I didn’t know I wanted or needed and it’s basically the perfect Robin Hood retelling. There’s genderswapping and complex characters and IT’S THE BEST READ IT NOW.

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WHAT DID YOU READ IN MARCH?
Any favorites?? Are you excited for April? What new April releases are you most pumped about? (I’m excited for THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES!)

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What Have I Been Watching Lately?

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You know, I had several ideas of what to post this week but none of them panned out. Probably because I was watching some pretty great shows…. Oops? But hey, why not talk about some of those shows! Some of these are favorites and some are just shows I somehow enjoy. Let’s dive in.

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A.P. Bio - Season 1This show is strange. It’s quirky, kind of worrying, and also like, hopefully Jack isn’t real because wow he is messed up. I don’t hate this so I’m not hate watching it… It’s a show that’s like watching a train wreck. You kind of enjoy the chaos of it and then you’re like, why am I enjoying this, and then it’s like WOW THIS IS HAPPENING. And it’s like you can’t take your eyes off of it! This show is very well written, and it’s kind of funny. I have no idea why I like it but I do,

screen_shot_2018_12_06_at_3.42.50_pm.0Season 6 of this show is currently airing on NBC. I think NBC has done a masterful job with the switch from Fox, and the show is back and better than ever. It tackles tough topics, with endearing characters, and beneath it all it’s still a comedy, which means it’s hilarious. I love this show because it’s funny AND it has a heart of gold!

goldbergs.2e16d0ba.fill-735x490This show is quirky AF. Wow. It’s funny and cute and dramatic and I’m just really enjoying it! I’m working my way through it(on season 5), and it’s hilarious but it’s got great characters, relationships, and emotion. I love the whole family aspect, and the way it’s told, as well as the source because it just feels very truthful!

superstore-s4-keyart-logo-show-tile-1920x1080Can we tell I’m a 20 minute episode, funny show fan? I’m super subtle about it, y’all. But in all seriousness, this show is hilarious, full of heart, emotional, cute, and just like really great. I’m watching it as it airs currently and the day that this, AP Bio, and Brooklyn Nine Nine all upload to Hulu is like the best day of my week.

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So that’s what I’ve been watching lately! I like 20 minute shows because I can easily fit an episode in here or there when I don’t have much time.

What have you watched recently? Any really amazing shows that I absolutely need on my radar? Have you seen the ones I mentioned? Let’s chat!!!
(spoiler free, please!)

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