New To the Queue is a semi-monthly thing around here wherein I give you a tiny glimpse into 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. For past posts, go here!
Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: I hear it’s magical realism, which YAY because I want more YA magical realism, and also I love that it centers around an artist and art.
What It’s About: Mercedes is an artist but lately she’s been pretty distracted to produce anything worthwhile. Between her sick abuela and being in love with her best friend, inspiration is scarce — until a piano shows up on her lawn and a new neighbor invites her to paint with her at an Estate that provides her with creative fuel and solace.
Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: I noticed it because it was nominated for a Goodreads Choice award and the summary immediately sucked me in as a book I would like! Side note, SUPER intrigued by the news that KERRY WASHINGTON is going to be producing the movie adaptation. Definitely want to get to this sooner rather than later.
What It’s About: “It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.”
Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: It came in the mail and I had never heard of it so I checked out the marketing materials that accompanied it and….a HISTORICAL FANTASY REVAMP OF PRIDE & PREJUDICE. Yes, oh yes.
What It’s About: “A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.“
Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: Looks like a great spring/summertime read plus the fact it’s a YA spin on YOU’VE GOT MAIL…which omg I love that movie.
What It’s About: “Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by ‘Alex.’ Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush. Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter. And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.”
Why I Added It To My To Watch Queue: I’ve been so out of the movie release loop but between the award season buzz and an interview Dev Patel did..I knew I had to add this to my “to watch” list. Also realized I’ve had the book this is based on on my TBR for YEARS.
What It Is About: “In this affecting true story, 5-year-old Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple after losing his way in the urban jungle of Kolkata. More than two decades later, new mapping technology prompts Saroo to search for his lost family in India. ”
Why I Added It To My To Watch Queue: I honestly don’t know where I stumbled across this but it sounded interesting!
What It Is About: “Driven away when she was young, Tilly Dunnage returns to rural Australia after years of working as a dressmaker in Paris — and she’s ready to make waves in her conservative hometown not only with her haute couture but a hidden agenda.”
Hotel Beau Sejour
Why I Added It To My To Watch Queue: I was browsing through the Netflix Originals and it looked super interesting! I kind of love things set in some sort of limbo-y afterlife.
What It Is About: “A girl wakes up in a hotel room and she finds her own dead body in the bathtub. She tries to solve her own murder but realizes that nobody except 5 people can see her. ”
Why I Added It To My Listening Rotation: This new true crime podcast is coming out TOMORROW (March 28) and all 7 episodes are dropping HOORAY.
Salutations — Conor Oberst
Why I Added It To My Listening Rotation: Once upon a time in my youth Bright Eyes was one of my favorite musical acts of all time. I LIVED AND BREATHED BRIGHT EYES. I even followed some of his other projects and solo stuff. BUT…I just have never fell in love with his solo stuff the same way I did Bright Eyes. I really did actually enjoy his last album that came out last year, Ruminations, so I’m giving his latest solo album another try. We shall see!
Milky Chance — Blossom
Why I Added It To My Listening Rotation: I really enjoyed their debut album and had no idea they were releasing a new one until I saw a single pop up on Spotify..was really digging it. Hoping to get a full listen sometime this week!
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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!