New To The Queue {2}

New To the Queue is going to be a sporadic thing around here wherein I tell you some of the books, movies, tv shows and bands I’ve recently added to my never ending queue of things to read/watch/listen to.




The Year of the Rat

The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss (Amazon (only $5.99 for Kindle pre-order) // Goodreads)
Release Date – April 2014

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: I was drawn in by the cover honestly (I love it) and it sounds like a really interesting book about grief and sounds super emotional!

What It’s About: 15 year old Pearl’s mom dies giving birth to her baby sister who Pearl refers to as “The Rat.” The book covers the year after in which she and her dad deal with the loss of Pearl’s mom and also the presence of this new baby, a constant reminder that her mother is dead, in their lives.

Bitter Spirits

Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett (Amazon // Goodreads)
Published- January 2014

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I was browsing the library and came across this romance. I love the 1920’s and am new to the romance genre so I’m looking for new books that pique my interest! It’s also paranormal, which is a genre I rarely read, but I love taking a chance on the random things I find in the library!

What It’s About: Aida Palmer performs a spirit medium show onstage at Chinatown’s illustrious Gris-Gris speakeasy. However, her ability to summon (and expel) the dead is more than just an act. Winter Magnusson is a notorious bootlegger who’s more comfortable with guns than ghosts—unfortunately for him, he’s the recent target of a malevolent hex that renders him a magnet for hauntings. After Aida’s supernatural assistance is enlisted to banish the ghosts, her spirit-chilled aura heats up as the charming bootlegger casts a different sort of spell on her. On the hunt for the curseworker responsible for the hex, Aida and Winter become drunk on passion. And the closer they become, the more they realize they have ghosts of their own to exorcise.


The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin

The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin (Amazon // Goodreads)
Published September 2006

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I can’t remember how I found this book but I was browsing Goodreads and just happened upon it. You know how that rabbit hole goes. I like books about family things so this looks a good one!

What It’s About: For Matt and his sisters, life with their cruel, physically abusive mother is a day-to-day struggle for survival. But then Matt witnesses a man named Murdoch coming to a child’s rescue in a convenience store; and for the first time, he feels a glimmer of hope. Then, amazingly, Murdoch begins dating Matt’s mother. Life is suddenly almost good. But the relief lasts only a short time. When Murdoch inevitable breaks up with their mother, Matt knows that he’ll need to take some action. Can he call upon Murdoch to be his hero? Or will Matt have to take measures into his own hands?





Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I know I’m way behind on the Girls bandwagon but I actually watched Tiny Furniture recently (starring Lena Dunham) and I decided I rather like her so I should check out Girls!

What It Is About: “A group of young women in their early 20s deal with life, love, sex, careers and finding their way in the world as they try to make it in New York.”




Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I’ve watched pretty much every single one of Audrey Tatou’s french films but haven’t seen this one yet. She is one of my favorite actresses so I need to get moving on her films from the past 3-4 years that I haven’t seen.

What It Is About: “Tragic circumstances create an opportunity for new love in this romantic drama when a young woman, still grieving over the death of her husband years earlier, is slowly brought out of her shell by a caring and courtly male co-worker.”



Ruby Sparks

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: It looks quirky and cute! PLUS very bookish in nature!

What It Is About: “In an effort to conquer his writer’s block, a young novelist — who’s having trouble duplicating the success of his earlier work — jots down all the attributes of his dream girl. But things get weird when she suddenly comes to life.”



Lucius – Wildewoman


Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I somehow came across the song “Turn It Around” and I was listening to it a lot and then listened to the rest of the album and loved it. They are a great duo and kind of remind me of bands I like such as The Mynabirds.

Lost In The Trees – Past Life


Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I’ve loved Lost In The Trees for a while and was impatiently waiting for their new album this year! Finally! I can’t decide between a favorite song but love Sun, Past Life and Rites a whole lot.

Kongos – Lunatic


Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I heard Come With Me Now when it came on as a new song on our indie/alternative station and was hooked! (I featured that song on my February Rewind.) I immediately went to listen to the rest of the album and was pleasantly surprised with how diverse the sound is. Addicted!


YOUR TURN! Tell me one book you added to your TBR list recently! Tell me a movie/tv show you added to your must watch list! Tell me a new band/singer you just added to your musical rotation! Also, have you read/watched/listened to anything on my recently added list? Or did I make you add something to YOUR queue? Tell me, tell me!

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. I haven’t started Girls yet either. I recently added The Following after watching an episode with my dad. I love that show it’s so twisted.
    I have a tendency to just stick with the authors I know. I’m trying to work on that so my friend recommended I try reading Kristen Hannah. Have you read her books yet? I’m not sure if they fall under chic lit or romance. Anyway I picked up her book Home Front at the library along with Starter House by Sonja Condit and Red Hill by Jamie McGuire. The last two were recommended to me by my dad.
    Hmm what else…oh I’ve been listening to American Authors a lot lately. My favorite songs from them so far are Luck: and Best Day of My Life:

    • I’ve never read any of her books but I just borrowed one from a friend actually! The Following has been on my radar! Sounds good!

  2. This is a great idea Jamie! Those books sounds great, and I really want to watch Ruby Sparks.

  3. Such an interesting post! “The year of the rat” sounds so amazing and different than other books about grief!

    As for movies: as a French girl, I mostly recommend you to watch Delicacy, it’s a lovely movie. If you come accross the book that inspired the movie, (Delicacy, by David Foenkinos), I really really think you would love it, it’s (as always) so much better than the movie. You can FEEL delicacy through the words of the author, it was an amazing read for me.
    And I had the occasion to watch Ruby Sparks last year and it had a great impact on me, this movie is so powerful and hit close to home with my bookish heart and my wish for bookish characters to come alive!

    I hope you’ll enjoy them all 🙂

  4. First of all, Bitter Spirits looks super fun and I LOVE LOVE that cover!
    Second, I want to watch Girls too but it isn’t streaming? BOO. I think Mike just turned off our DVD option so I have this great little indie video store that I visit if I want something to watch on DVD, but honestly it is rare that I get to that side of town. I’ve heard super great things AND I need to finish Breaking Bad before I start something else!
    ALSO, I recently added Burial Rites by Hannah Kent to my TBR (as you know), found it at the library like a day or two after, and just finished it. GO RUN SKIP HOP JUMP FLY and get it. I know you were considering it and YES IT IS WORTH IT. Just do it. You won’t be sorry. Next time you see it, grab it. (:

    • You have a little indie video store?! We don’t have anything like that! SIGHH. Technology killed them all I guess.

  5. I’m adding that Ruby Sparks movie to my queue.. looks super cute & something I’d like 🙂

  6. Been meaning to watch Audrey Tatou’s Delicacy as well (and read the novel that the movie was adapted from). Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  7. Ruby Sparks was sooooo good! Eric picked it out and I was hooked. I guess it is suppose to have a great script backstory, but you have to ask him since I forgot. It is definitely a watch right now movie.

    My Dad and I watch Girls and we are both torn. He feels the storyline needs to refocus on their friendships, and though I find this season to be much better, I think I’m watching out of habit at this point. You either love it or hate it and if my Dad watches it than it must be worth watching.

    I want to read Janet Mock’s first novel- I can’t think of the title of top of my head and I need to sit down and finish a lot of books around here. I usually stick with autobiographies.

  8. Ruby Sparks is amazing.

  9. Tom LOVED ruby sparks and I ended up getting sucked into it too even though I wasn’t planning to watch. Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan live in my neighborhood and I see them on the street all the time!

    • You and your cool NY life 😛 I have zero celebs living in my neighborhood. Pink grew up around here so there’s that! So glad you guys loved Ruby Sparks. From the comments I’m seeing that people loved it so YAY!

  10. Ooh, yes – I only heard of The Year of the Rat recently but it sounds good (and I love the cover, too!) And I’ve now added The Rules of Survival to my list.

    Also, I’ve wanted to see Ruby Sparks for so long, thanks for the reminder 😉

  11. I *LOVE* Girls. I bought the first two seasons on Amazon Instant Video and have watched them countless times. It’s a show that really has it all. Now I’m anxiously awaiting the release of season three because I refuse to spend that much money a month on premium cable. 🙂

    Ruby Sparks looks fantastic! I’d never heard of it, but it’s now in my Netflix queue too.

  12. I recently added “Happily Ever After” by: Harriet Evans. I probably won’t read it for awhile though, since I don’t own it and I have other books higher up on my priority list!
    I’m still trying to finish up Gossip Girl! So that. And the last season of Dance Academy!
    I’ve recently added Gabrielle Aplin to my musical rotation. She’s a lyrical genius and has an amazing voice!

    • Gotta check out Happily Ever After! LOOOOVE Gossip Girl. And I so need to get into Dance Academy. And Gabrielle! I used to follow her on Youtube a lot!

      • I’m about 2/3 the way through the 4th season of Gossip Girl! It’s been put on the back burner though, ’cause I watch SO many tv shows! I give priority to the ones that are actually airing haha.
        The whole series of Dance Academy is on Netflix! (: I love all the Aussie accents on it (along with the dancing) haha.

  13. Oh, my gosh, Girls is hilarious. I saw the first few episodes a couple months ago and immediately bought the first two seasons. It’s become my favorite show. As a twenty-something recently out of college, I can totally relate to the girls’ struggles..though I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not, haha.

    • I’m so just wanting stuff about twenty somethings (even though I’m like closer to 30 at this point…EEEK). I wish this show had been out a couple years ago when I was in in my early twenties!


    I’m still jamming to Come With Me Now thanks to you! oxo

  15. I love finding out what you’re currently listening to, Jamie, as that always gives me a new artist or two to check out. Now that I’m back in the US and can access Spotify again (!), it’s really fun to just grab a few sample songs from artists you + other bloggers suggest and trying to find a new favorite. Also, I’m currently watching Supernatural (on and off) with my sister. I do want to check out Girls though!

  16. Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett sounds like something I’d enjoy! I haven’t read anything in the 192 ‘ s yet but I need too!