Oh boy, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted an entertainment round-up! It’s been so long I am now the type of person that starts a blog post with “oh boy”. I never thought this day would come. But I have grown up, I am a different person now, which means I can freely use weird phrases without worrying about whether or not I’m “cool”. It’s a freeing feeling.
January was great entertainment-wise because I was FINALLY able to get out of the reading slump that’s been plaguing me since last July. I was reading the Throne of Glass series, but after book three I just stopped being as excited about it. I kept trying to push through (I made it about halfway through book five), but ultimately I think I just needed a break to read something new. I read a couple books here and there, but I couldn’t get rid of the feeling that I should be reading this other book that I didn’t want to be reading and…yeah. Great story, Bryn.
But 2017 ended and 2018 happened and I knew it was time for a change. So I officially put Empire of Storms back on my shelf and allowed myself to read other things. Again, it’s a freeing feeling. I’m such a grown up.
What I’ve Been Reading…
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Look, I’m a sucker for books that get turned into movies. I will run to the bookstore and buy them in a heartbeat. Especially because I’m also a sucker for great, quick YA books that pull me out of reading slumps.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is about a 16-year-old boy named Simon who is secretly gay…until someone finds out. And then blackmails him. Messy complications ensue (as they always do) as Simon tries to keep his secret under wraps, along with the secret guy he’s been emailing.
I read this book in three hours straight. No joke. And I loved every minute of it. It was incredibly heart-warming, charming, and entertaining from start to finish. And it’s not totally the cutesy romance book you’d expect it to be. If you’re looking for a fun, quick YA book to get you out of a reading funk, I highly recommend this one. Plus, you get a movie next month with a supposedly killer soundtrack out of it. Win-win.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green
This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile. As much as I love John Green books (Exhibit A), I’ve been putting this one off. But this month, I finally picked it up.
The story starts off about a boy named Will Grayson who one night…meets another boy named Will Grayson. While they have the same name, they couldn’t be more different. One is from north of Chicago, the other from south. One is a shy kid who doesn’t know what he wants, while the other is secretly gay. And all of a sudden their two separate lives begin to come together in unexpected ways.
I liked this book. I think the two writers (and characters) managed to blend together well while remaining their independent selves. The story in itself was enough to keep me interested throughout. But I think the idea of the book may have been better than the execution. I was onboard for about the first half, and then the book kind of stopped being about Will 1 and Will 2. So by the end, I wasn’t really sure who or what the story was about anymore. I enjoyed my time reading it, but ultimately I wasn’t overwhelmed with it.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
I rarely pick up books in a bookstore and buy them on a whim without any inclination of opinions or ratings. But the synopsis of this book intrigued me so much that I had to buy and read it immediately.
The book starts off with four siblings, still children, who hear about a psychic in town who can tell anyone the day they will die. The children go to visit her, and the story continues to follows all of their lives individually until their deaths.
I loved the concept of this book. I was fascinated by the idea of how knowing the day you would die could affect how you live your life. You know, death/life/self-fulfilling prophecies and all that. But I wish I would have gotten just a little more from it. The characters were kept at a bit of a distance, so I wasn’t able to relate to them as much as I wanted to. The story also struggled to have a strong point of view about it’s theme. However, I did really enjoy Varya’s section, and I think that combined with the concept was enough to make it a worthwhile read, even if not fully mind-blowing.
What I’ve Been Watching…
I picked this movie up one night on a whim at a Redbox. I had no idea what it was about, but I’ll watch anything with Reese Witherspoon. So I went into this movie with no idea what to expect.
Alice, played by Reese Witherspoon, is a single mom who recently moved to LA with her two daughters, when she meets three young guys who need a place to crash. Chaos ensues as she tries to raise her kids and manage three guys at the same time.
If you’re looking for a deep, meaningful romcom—this isn’t it. If you want a cute, enjoyable movie that may or may not have a solid point? You may enjoy this. Plus, what’s not to love about Reese Witherspoon, attractive men, and adorable children? This movie would be a good one to pick up if you just want a fun movie to enjoy with wine and popcorn on a girl’s night in.
The Good Place
If you’re not currently watching this show, what are you doing?! Seriously. I want to know how you are surviving without it. Because I can’t. This is one of the few shows I started watching immediately when the first episode aired, and it has not disappointed me since.
Eleanor, played by Kristen Bell, dies suddenly and ends up in “The Good Place”—basically a non-denominational version of heaven. She quickly realizes she doesn’t belong there and does everything she can to be worthy of staying.
The storyline of this show is amazing. The characters are amazing. It constantly surprises me with how amazing it is—and continues to get. I never know what to expect with this show, but I love it with every new direction it takes. Seriously, if you’re not watching this show yet, it just wrapped it’s second season so now it the time to catch up.
What I’ve Been Listening To…
I made two Spotify playlists this month that you’re welcome to check out if you’re interested!
“Cozy Weather” is compiled of recent finds that set the mood for those relaxing winter evening by the fire, when you’d rather just chill inside than brave the cold.
“All-Time Favorites” is just like it sounds. It’s a compilation of all my favorite songs that I could listen to over and over and never get sick of. There’s a lot of Taylor Swift on here, just FYI. 🙂
Have any recent finds or favorites in entertainment? Let us know about it in the comments!!