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.

 

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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?

 

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Girls

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.”

 

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Delicacy

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.”

 

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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.”

 

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Lucius – Wildewoman

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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

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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

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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!

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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!

New To The Queue {1}

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.

 

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My Last Kiss Bethany NealMy Last Kiss by Bethany Neal
Release Date – June 2014

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: I love afterlife-y kind of books + I received a review copy.

What It’s About: Cassidy dies and is trapped in this life grappling with the fact she’s dead and also trying to remember what happened surrounding her death as the last few weeks leading up to that are a blur to her. She remembers kissing a boy at her 17th birthday party but she can’t remember much else but she has a feeling it has something to do with her death that everyone thinks is a suicide.

The Summer I Wasn't Me Jessica VerdiThe Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
Release Date – April 2014


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
Honestly? Because Gillian sold me on it. On Goodreads she said, “Super powerful and heartbreaking, but also funny and charming in parts.” I like books like that!

What It’s About: Lexi’s mom found out that Lexi is in love with a girl and she’s pretty sure her whole family is going to fall apart over it. She spends her summer at New Horizons camp where she’s going to try and change and learn to like boys…until she falls in love with another camper and knows she’s going to have to risk giving up her mother’s approval or someone she really loves.

Brooklyn Girls Gemma BurgessBrooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess
Published July 2013


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I forgot about it! I had requested it on a whim on Netgalley and got really behind on what I had on there  so it got lost in the land of stuff on my Kindle. I had never added it to my official to-be-read list so I’ve just added it and am excited to have re-discovered it.

What It’s About: Twenty-somethings living and working together and just generally trying to figure out post-grad life in Brooklyn. It’s a series and OMG I AM SO EXCITED BECAUSE THIS IS EVERYTHING I WANT New Adult books to be.

 

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Sherlock

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT THIS. I feel like I’m missing out.

What It Is About: “This modern-day reboot of Sherlock Holmes has Arthur Conan Doyle’s deductive genius moving through London as a Web-adept consultant to Inspector Lestrade, and Dr. John Watson as a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who shares his Baker Street digs.”

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Dallas Buyers Club
Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I kept hearing about it during the Golden Globes + I really love Matthew McConaughey a lot so immediately added it even though it doesn’t come out until March!

What It Is About: “Loosely based on true events, this drama follows Ron Woodroof, who refuses to accept he’ll die in 30 days when he’s diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. He extends his life and eventually helps many other AIDS patients by smuggling medications from abroad.”

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Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I have this thing for quirkier kind of love stories plus MUSIC related.

What It Is About: “Shot over the course of five days at Scotland’s annual T in the Park music festival, this unconventional romance centers on a pair of bickering rockers who are handcuffed together; 24 hours later, they’re falling in love.”

 

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Town of Saints


Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I just discovered their song “Carousel” and really dug it and kept playing it over and over again. Also really love Stand Up.

Little Daylights

Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I AM OBSESSED WITH THEM. Electro-pop-rock-synth goodness. I love every song but especially Overdose & Restart.

Warpaint’s self titled album

Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I really loved Warpaint’s album from 2010 (especially the song Undertow) so naturally I had to check out Warpaint’s new album when it came out two days ago.  Songs I’m Digging The Most: Love Is To Die & Hi. If you are a Beach House fan, you might dig these guys too.

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? Tell me, tell me!

One Show I’m Loving These Days

I’m always watching a few things (right now: Grey’s, Revolution, Parenthood, Walking Dead, PLL, 90210, Revenge) but I have this thing where I’ll binge watch one new show by myself that  I know wouldn’t interest Will at all. And right now that show is….

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Felicity! What a great show! I watched the first season back in the day (I was like 14) but I never continued on with it. I’m currently on the last season and it’s been fun to rewatch what I already have seen (but barely remembered) and continue on with Felicity’s journey!

If you don’t know what it’s about: The pilot starts out with Felicity on her graduation day from high school — she asks her crush (the extremely HOT) Ben Covington to sign her yearbook and has a short conversation with him and is moved when he says he wishes he got to know her in high school. She makes the rash decision to scrap her pre-med plans at Stanford and follow Ben to NYU. CRAZY RIGHT? While Ben’s reaction isn’t necessarily what she thought she decides to stay in NYC for HERSELF rather than go home and do what her parents expected of her. So then the rest of the season chronicles her tumultuous freshman year as she transitions to a new city all alone, adjusts to college, makes friend and navigating the romantic waters. The rest of the seasons cover each year of her college life.

It’s AMAZING. A-freaking amazing. At first, as a 27 year old lady, didn’t understand what I found so romantic and awesome as a 14 year old about her running off to follow a guy she barely knew but I slowly realized that she ended up where she needed to be to grow even though she may have done it for a complete crazy reason. I have loved watching Felicity’s journey through her college years and watching her make mistakes and grow. She’s not perfect, she’s downright irritating sometimes and she can’t ever make up her damn mind but she’s so real and relateable to me.

The characters are amazing in this show! There is a love triangle — obviously Ben (SCOTT SPEEDMAN! I NEED TO EFFING WATCH LAST RESORT APPARENTLY) plays a big part but the sweet Noel comes into the picture freshman year. You know how I wrote about good love triangles this week? Well this is one of my FAVORITE and is so well done. SO WELL DONE. I am so Team Ben but there are so many times where I find myself loving Noel and thinking maybe Noel would be best for her. My mind is just as damn confused as Felicity’s is through all the seasons. Each one of them, to me, represent a different side of her and it’s been interesting to watch this crazy love triangle. Tons of tension. Tons of squealy moments and OMG so much disappointment sometimes.

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But the other characters are incredible too — I love Javier! He’s the best — so hilarious and kindhearted! And I never saw Felicity’s roommate Megan as an important character in the first season but she really grows on you in her weird way. And Sean! Oh Sean! I just want to hug him! I love Felicity’s friends — Julie and Elena — and I feel like the writers really showed the beauty of these college friends in all of their complicated glory.

Basically Felicity is everything I wish this New Adult genre was (at least for contemporary NA stories)….what I pictured it to be when I first heard the term a few years ago (it’s true..there was this very vague article talking about a new imprint (I think a Hachette one) and how it was going to focus on that early twenties to mid twenties demographic — it didn’t seem to be this sexed up YA that I’m finding to be/hearing it is. There’s sex in it but it’s not gratuitous — it’s real and not glamorized.  But it’s so much more than about sex — it’s about not living with your parents anymore, figuring out who you are (you see Felicity struggle with this with her majors), making friends and losing them, navigating relationships, having fun and random adventures and just discovering what you are made of when you face tough things — and these characters certainly do. Felicity isn’t one of those super exaggerated shows like Gossip Girl (which I totally love) or something where really UNBELIEVABLE and OVER THE TOP things happen. But it’s still entertaining and moving and just REAL. And oh VERY SWOONY ROMANCE SCENES! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to punch a wall with your Ben/Felicity/Noel tension but it’s amazing.

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Have you watched Felicity? Are you Team Ben or Team  Noel? Shhh don’t tell me how it ends because I’m not done with the last season. What were some of your favorite moments from the season? What are some other shows you are binge watching right now? PLEASE CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT FELICITY. SOMEONE! Before I resort to making Will watch it with me! (He is shaking his head no right now!)

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