Best Of 2015: All Things Not Books!

The past three years I brought you the best of all things NOT books and it was fun so I figured I’d do it again!

If you want to read all my best of books posts we’ve got:

End of Year Book Survey (my answers still to come)
Best 2015 Debuts
Best 2015 Releases
Best Backlist Books I Read In 2015
Most Underrated Books Of 2015

 

So let’s get to this:

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10 Favorite 2015 Albums

(in no particular order)

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This is so fun for me always because 1) I keep meticulous track of my music (a habit dating back to college before I had Spotify and things like that) and 2) because I keep track of it meticulously it’s SO easy to put this together.

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New To The Queue {18}

New To the Queue is a sporadic 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!

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Radiance

Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente (Amazon // Goodreads)

Publication Date – October 20, 2015

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:  Honestly? It came across my Goodreads feed and I was like WOW THIS SOUNDS COOL AND LIKE NOTHING I HAVE PERSONALLY EVER READ. I’m all about trying new stuff and an alt history space opera set in a different Hollywood and world sounds prettyyyy cool.

What It’s About:Severin Unck’s father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent-hoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father’s films of passion, intrigue, and spirits from beyond, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction in which all the planets are inhabited and we travel through space on beautiful rockets. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe. But her latest film, which investigates the disappearance of a diving colony on a watery Venus populated by island-sized alien creatures, will be her last. Though her crew limps home to earth and her story is preserved by the colony’s last survivor, Severin will never return..

 

 

The Shattered Court

The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott ( Goodreads // Amazon)
Publication Date- April 2015


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
Rachel’s review sold me!

What It’s About:  “The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.”

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New To The Queue {17}

New To the Queue is a sporadic 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!

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Zebulon Finch

 

The Life & Death Of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date – October 27, 2015

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:  It showed up in the mail and I had never heard about it. I promptly read the back and it sounded AWESOME.

What It’s About:May 7, 1896. Dusk. A swaggering seventeen-year-old gangster named Zebulon Finch is gunned down on the shores of Lake Michigan. But after mere minutes in the void, he is mysteriously resurrected. His second life will be nothing like his first. Zebulon’s new existence begins as a sideshow attraction in a traveling medicine show. From there, he will be poked and prodded by a scientist obsessed with mastering the secrets of death. He will fight in the trenches of World War I. He will run from his nightmares—and from poverty—in Depression-era New York City. And he will become the companion of the most beautiful woman in Hollywood.

 

 

Big Magic

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert ( Goodreads // Amazon)
Publication Date- September 22, 2015


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I really like Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing and this sounds like the sort of ~self improvement~ type book I’m into.

What It’s About:  Elizabeth Gilbert’s guide to living the creative life and sharing her creative process.

[Keep Reading]

New To The Queue {15}

New To the Queue is a sporadic 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!

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Girl At War by Sara Novic (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date – May 2015

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:  I rarely look at my “recommendations” on Goodreads but this one showed up and I was intrigued! Looks like a good coming of age story and interested in the setting (Croatia) and the civil war the character experiences.

What It’s About: Zagreb, summer of 1991. Ten-year-old Ana Jurić is a carefree tomboy who runs the streets of Croatia’s capital with her best friend, Luka, takes care of her baby sister, Rahela, and idolizes her father. But as civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, soccer games and school lessons are supplanted by sniper fire and air raid drills. When tragedy suddenly strikes, Ana is lost to a world of guerilla warfare and child soldiers; a daring escape plan to America becomes her only chance for survival.

Ten years later Ana is a college student in New York. She’s been hiding her past from her boyfriend, her friends, and most especially herself. Haunted by the events that forever changed her family, she returns alone to Croatia, where she must rediscover the place that was once her home and search for the ghosts of those she’s lost. With generosity, intelligence, and sheer storytelling talent, Sara Nović’s first novel confronts the enduring impact of war, and the enduring bonds of country and friendship.”

 

You're Never Weird On the INternet

 

You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day ( Goodreads // Amazon)
Publication Date- August 11, 2015


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I keep seeing everyone reading this! I don’t really know much about Felicia Day, just a little bit, but I’m intrigued!

What It’s About:  “From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.”

 

Sword & Verse

Swords & Verse by Kathy MacMillan  (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: January 19, 2016


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I’ve been craving fantasy more and more and this one looks interesting! Love that language is a huge part of it!

What It’s About: “Raisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Before she was taken away, her father had been adamant that she learn to read and write. But where she now lives, literacy is a capital offense for all but the nobility. The written language is closely protected, and only the King, Prince, Tutor, and Tutor-in-training are allowed to learn its very highest form. So when she is plucked from her menial labor and selected to replace the last Tutor-in-training, who was executed, Raisa knows that betraying any hint of her past could mean death.

Keeping her secret guarded is hard enough, but the romance that’s been blossoming between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground rebel army—to help liberate the city’s slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.”

 

Just Visiting

Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler ( Amazon // Goodreads)

Release Date: November 17, 2015

 


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
It sounds sooo like a me book! Plus I really enjoyed Dahlia’s debut!!

What It’s About:  “Reagan Forrester wants out—out of her trailer park, out of reach of her freeloading mother, and out of the shadow of the relationship that made her the pariah of Charytan, Kansas.  Victoria Reyes wants in—in to a fashion design program, in to the arms of a cute guy who doesn’t go to Charytan High, and in to a city where she won’t stand out for being Mexican.

One thing the polar-opposite best friends do agree on is that wherever they go, they’re staying together. But when they set off on a series of college visits at the start of their senior year, they quickly see that the future doesn’t look quite like they expected. After two years of near-solitude following the betrayal of the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, Reagan falls hard and fast for a Battlestar Galactica-loving, brilliant smile-sporting pre-med prospective… only to learn she’s set herself up for heartbreak all over again. Meanwhile, Victoria runs full-speed toward all the things she thinks she wants… only to realize everything she’s looking for might be in the very place they’ve sworn to leave.

As both Reagan and Victoria struggle to learn who they are and what they want in the present, they discover just how much they don’t know about each other’s pasts. And when each learns what the other’s been hiding, they’ll have to decide whether their friendship has a future.”

 

 

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Men, Women & Children

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue:  I was watching another movie and it was a preview (I am a weirdo and really like watching previews for other movies…also I couldn’t figure out how to work Will’s Xbox controller).

What It Is About: “This insightful social drama examines the countless ways the online landscape affects the relationships, communication and self-images of digital-age adolescents, whose parents try to contend with the pitfalls.”

 

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Empire

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue:  I hadn’t heard much about this when it premiered but then all of a sudden EVERYONE was talking about it! Plus I definitely think Will would dig this one!

What It Is About: “Lucious Lyon has ruled the hip-hop universe for years, first as an artist and then as a savvy businessman and the head of Empire Entertainment. But Lucious’s life priorities are overturned in an instant when he learns he has a crippling disease.”

 

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Girlhood

 

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I believe I heard this documentary talked about on the Call Your Girlfriend podcast and I was intrigued!

What It Is About: “Liz Garbus created this powerful documentary film that tells the story of two teenagers, Shanae and Megan, and their dramatic journeys through the juvenile justice system and back out on to the bleak streets of East Baltimore, Maryland. With unprecedented access to the system and to the complex interior lives of the protagonists, the film provides shocking insight into the world of young women struggling just to survive teenhood.”

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 New Politics — Vikings

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation:  I’ve loved their past two albums (especially their last one) and Will and I got to see them live this year and they were sooo fun! I have been listening to all the singles they have dropped for this album and knew I would dig it. 

Melanie Martinez — Cry Baby

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 Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: Honestly? I LOVED her during her season on The Voice. She was just totally my style of music and I adore her voice and how unique she was! Digging it so far. It’s pretty true to the kind of music I thought she’d make!

Rayland Baxter — Imaginary Man

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I saw the album on Paste’s website I think or listened to a single there…something..and was digging it!

If you want to catch what I’m listening to…follow me on Spotify! Let me know who you are so I can follow back and check out youuur music!

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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 {15}

New To the Queue is a sporadic 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!

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The One Thing Marci Lyn Curtis

The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date – September 8, 2015

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: It sounds like such a ME book from what I hear! And I’m really curious to learn how Maggie sees Ben and Ben only.

What It’s About:  Maggie unexpectedly loses her sight 6 months ago. Life as she knows it — being a soccer star & having a ton of friends — changes and she starts getting into some trouble and doesn’t want anybody to feel bad for her as she adjusts to this new life of hers. Then one day, a miracle happens, and she can see again but only one person — Ben — a precocious 10 year old who teaches her a lot about her situation.

 

 

Wild Magic Tamora Pierce

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce ( Goodreads // Amazon)
Publication Date- 2005


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
All my friends who love fantasy go crazy about this one whenever they talk about this author so I basically added all her books to my TBR.

What It’s About:  “Young Daine’s knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horsemistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine’s talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical. Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powers, her past, and herself.”

 

The Serpent King

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner  (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: March 8, 2016 (ugh I don’t want to want that long!!)


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
An author I really like on Twitter, Ashley Herring Blake, tweeted some major praise for this one and made me look it up on Goodreads and YEAH so my kind of thing.

What It’s About: “Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace. He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy. Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living

 

The Queen of the Tearling

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen ( Amazon // Goodreads)

Release Date: 2014

 


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
People had been talking a bit about this one when it came out but I feel like I’m even MORE interested based on the buzz since the second one was released in June so I think I’m officially going to try this one.

What It’s About:  “An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness’

 

 

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Supernatural

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue:  Because it’s time. I keep meaning to watch this show but haven’t. But I’m putting my big girl panties on and will see why the internet loves this show so damn much.

What It Is About: “Raised by their dad to fight supernatural forces, grown siblings Dean and Sam crisscross the country in their 1967 Chevy Impala, investigating paranormal activity and picking fights with deadly demons, ghosts and monsters.”

 

True Detective

True Detective

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue:  Because I just really love Matthew McConaughey a lot and also crime shows! I’ve also heard good things!

What It Is About: “Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star in this crime drama about two detectives caught up in the 17-year-long hunt for a serial killer. Both cops’ roles in a 1995 murder investigation come back to haunt them when the case is reopened..”

Laggies

Laggies

 

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I’m almost 30 and I feel like I can relate to not finding your life calling haha. BUT I AM MARRIED NON-GROWNUP SOOO.

What It Is About: “28-year old Megan is stuck in permanent adolescence and unable to find her calling in life. When her boyfriend proposes to her unexpectedly, she panics and runs into a 16-year old girl, who forces Megan to come to terms about her future.”

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 Bad Bad Hats — Psychic Reader

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation:  I was looking up concerts in the area and saw they were playing with the Mynabirds so I checked out their latest album. Digging their sound!

MS MR — How Does It Feel


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 Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: UM because they have been one of my faves since their first album in 2013 and all their singles have been incredible for this new album.

Desaparecidos — Payola

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: OMG blast from the past!! This was one of my favorites either at the end of high school or freshman year of college…can’t remember. This was Conor Oberst’s (Bright Eyes) side project thing and they only put out one album and I was like MERP because I dug it but Bright Eyes was also so my jam so I didn’t care that much. LO AND BEHOLD THEY HAVE A NEW ALBUM AFTER ALL THESE 10+ YEARS!! I’ve only given it a quick listen but I like their sound still even though it’s pretty different than what I listen to!

If you want to catch what I’m listening to…follow me on Spotify! Let me know who you are so I can follow back and check out youuur music!

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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 {14}

New To the Queue is a sporadic 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!

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Legacy of Kings

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date – August 25, 2015

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: So I had HEARD of it prior to BEA but didn’t really KNOW anything about it so it was on my “to check out” list in my head. I had the awesome opportunity to attend a breakfast hosted by Harlequin Teen and Eleanor Herman was there and SHE is awesome and this book sounds like an awesome historical fantasy that I CANNOT wait to dive into.

What It’s About: A re-imagining of Alexander the Great with a fantasy twist!!

 

 

Smoke Catherine McKenzie

Smoke by Catherine McKenzie ( Goodreads // Amazon)
Publication Date- October 20, 2015


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I really enjoyed Catherine McKenzie’s Arranged and have her other books on my TBR list for when I’m wanting an adult fiction book!

What It’s About:  Two ex-friends + family issues + a wildfire that threatens their town

 

Not If I See You First

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom  (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: December 1, 2015


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
While at BEA the lovely ladies at the Novl (Little Brown’s YA community) presented this during a brunch and it sounded SO good. Honestly, I’ve never read a book with a blind MC. I hadn’t heard of it before! I AM SO BEHIND ON NEW RELEASES.

What It’s About: It follows Parker, a girl who happens to be blind, during her junior year as she navigates through school, guys, the social scene and more as she tries to follow her “Rules.”

 

Daughter unto devils

Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics ( Amazon // Goodreads)

Release Date: September 29, 2015

 


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
While at the Harlequin brunch I mentioned before we got to chat with an incredibly awesome editor there and he was majorly talking about this one and he said it was scary and I’m like NO BUT I WANT LIKE TRULY TERRIFYING and he assured me it was.  SO YAY. It’s hard for me to find books that scare me.

What It’s About:  A family moves to the prairie where things are just NOT right — starting with the blood they find in the new cabin they are to live in that was abandoned by its previous owners. Tales of evil and murder in this new town weigh on the main character who is trying to get away from a past that already haunts her.

 

 

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Sense8

Sense8

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue:  I asked for binge watching recs on Twitter and Meg, whose tv recs are always pretty in tune with things I like, suggested it and all I did was read the summary and I’m like YEP. SOON THIS WILL HAPPEN.

What It Is About: “From the creators of “The Matrix” and “Babylon 5″ comes this tense series in which eight people can telepathically experience each other’s lives.”

 

Rudderless

Rudderless

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: It just looked like something I’d be into — emotional and just a very *ME* feel. I can just tell sometimes? I also really liked Anton Yelchin in Like Crazy so I’m interested to see him in something else.

What It Is About: “Devastated over his son’s death, former ad exec Sam removes himself from society to drink away his grief. When he summons the will to perform his son’s songs at a local bar, the music gains popularity and Sam claims to have written the tunes himself.”

 

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Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I love unlikely friendship!!

What It Is About: “Struggling with the challenges of parenthood, a dispirited young mother finds an unlikely friend and confidante in her paralyzed teenage neighbor. But when their relationship crosses the line, she starts to consider the consequences.”

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 Ryn Weaver — The Fool

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation:  I have featured some of her singles (Octahate & Runaway) in my Monthly Rewinds in the past year or so and I’ve been DYING for this album to come out!! I’ve only listened to it once but I’m digging it!

James Bay — Chaos & the Calm
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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I had been digging his singles and it was LOVE AT FIRST LISTEN when I heard Let It Go & If You Ever Want To Be In Love last August and I just kept falling in love with the other singles — especially Hold Back the River! This has been on repeat A LOT since it came out!

Zella Day — Kicker

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: At the end of last year I stumbled upon her singles East of Eden and Hypnotic and decided to follow her on Spotify so I could be alerted of new stuff because I LOVED those two songs. Really enjoying this album!

If you want to catch what I’m listening to…follow me on Spotify! Let me know who you are so I can follow back and check out youuur music!

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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 {13}

New To the Queue is a sporadic 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!

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Truest jessica Lea sommers

 Truest by Jessica Lea Sommers  (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date – September 1st 2015

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: It showed up in the mail and it looks like a me book PLUS a long time reader of my blog is the author! I don’t know her all that well outside of comments here and there but I’m super proud of her so I definitely want to read it!

What It’s About:Silas Hart has seriously shaken up Westlin Beck’s small-town life. Brand new to town, Silas is different than the guys in Green Lake. He’s curious, poetic, philosophical, maddening– and really, really cute. But Silas has a sister– and she has a secret. And West has a boyfriend. And life in Green Lake is about to change forever.

 

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo ( Goodreads // Amazon)
Publication Date- 2014


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I feel like I’m always battling clutter and piles of clothes and I heard people saying lots of good things about this one! SOOO..why not? It’s better than my current strategy which is to just stare at it overwhelmed.

What It’s About: It’s delves into a method of cleaning and tidying that is apparently revolutionary?

 

Uprooted Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi Novik  (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: May 19, 2015


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
My friend Kim was raving about it to me!

What It’s About: On the border of Agnieszk‘s home is the Woods where evil power lies. A wizard that they know as Dragon keeps the evil at bay. In exchange for his help he demands that they give him a woman every ten years to serve him which is a fate nobody wants at all. As the choosing comes near, Agnieszk‘s is afraid of the Dragon choosing her beautiful best friend but that isn’t who ends up being chosen…

 

Hold Tight Don't Let Go

Hold Tight Don’t Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner ( Amazon // Goodreads)

Release Date: January 2015

 


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I randomly stumbled upon it but once I saw it was set in Haiti after the earthquake I knew I wanted to read it. One of my friends owns an organization that has been doing work in Haiti since the earthquake so I’m invested in their story. I really hope the author did her research.

What It’s About:  “Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go follows the vivid story of two teenage cousins, raised as sisters, who survive the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. After losing the woman who raised them in the tragedy, Magdalie and Nadine must fend for themselves in the aftermath of the quake.

 

 

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Mad Men

Mad Men

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue:  It seems like something I’d like and everyone raves about it from Will’s uncle to friends on Twitter. Now that it’s ending I figured I can start binging it.

What It Is About: “Set in 1960s New York, this series takes a peek inside an ad agency in an era when the cutthroat business had a glamorous lure. When the cigarette smoke clears and the martinis are set down, at the center of it all is womanizing ad man Don Draper”

 SelmaSelma

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I had wanted to see it in theater but never got a chance to and I’ve just heard wonderful things about this portrayal of an important part of history.

What It Is About: “Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, this stirring historical drama highlights the courage of the marchers as they withstand racist and violent attacks by the police.”

 

This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You

 

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I’ve wanted to read this book but just haven’t yet. (Is it worth reading before I watch??). So I keep telling myself to read the book so I can watch this. I really like Jason Bateman and Tina Fey and I love movies about siblings.

What It Is About: “In accordance with Jewish custom, four siblings gather to sit shivah after their father’s death but are soon bickering and renewing old grudges. Brought together for the first time in years, the quarrelsome brood is in for a weeklong emotional duel.”

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 Passion Pit — Kindred

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation:  I have loved Passion Pit for many, many years so I was just waiting and waiting for this one at the end of last month. It’s definitely been in my rotation a lot since it came out. Favorite songs so far: Lifted Up, All I Want, Until We Can’t (Let’s Go), Whole Life Story

Mighty Oaks — Howl
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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: Well, I came  across Mighty Oaks in 2013 with their Just One Day song and added it to my Monthly Playlist if you follow that. Then they came out with their single, “Brother” and I fell in love with that. Have been WAITING for a full album from them because I was digging their sound. Have been really enjoying the album!

Mumford & Sons — Wilder Mind

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: Have been DYING for the new Mumford especially as their singles kept being released and I was really intrigued by the sound for this new album. I loved their stuff before but I’m really loving how they are letting themselves evolve. This has been on REPEAT!

If you want to catch what I’m listening to…follow me on Spotify! Let me know who you are so I can follow back and check out youuur music!

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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 {12}

New To the Queue is a sporadic 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!

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Angelfall by Susan Ee

 Angelfall by Susan Ee  (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date – 2012

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: The last book in this series is coming out and everyone is going wild for it so I figured I should check this series out at some point soon!

What It’s About:It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain. Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.  When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back…

 

 

Broken Heart Society of Suite 17c

The Broken Hearts Society Of 17C by LeighAnn Kopans ( Goodreads)
Publication Date- May 22, 2015


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
It looks so fun! Also, looks totally like the sort of New Adult books I’ve been looking for + college setting FTW!

What It’s About: Rion, Amy, and Arielle meet on their first day of college as roommates. They all find out they have all been involved in AWFUL breakups before college. As they mend their heart break together and take control of their love, plus have a whole lot of fun as roommates, the Broken Hearts’ Society of 17c is born and they vow to never date anyone like the guys that broke their heart. With college comes new guys that tempt them…and Society promises that become hard to keep!

 

Fans of the Impossible Life

 Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa  (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: September 8th, 2015


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
It just so looks like a me book!

What It’s About: “This is the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.

 

fig by sarah elizabeth schantz

Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz ( Amazon // Goodreads)

Release Date: April 7, 2015

 


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
It came in the mail and I had never heard of it before so I checked it out and it looked really good!

What It’s About:  “Love and sacrifice intertwine in this brilliant and provocative debut of rare beauty about a girl dealing with her mother’s schizophrenia and her own mental illness.

 

 

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Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue:  I was at my dad’s for Easter and my 20 year old sister was like, “OMG IT IS SO FUNNY YOU MUST WATCH IT.” So we watched the first two episodes and I was like OKAY FINE I SHALL WATCH THE REST AT SOME POINT.

What It Is About: “From “30 Rock” executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock comes this hilarious comedy series starring Ellie Kemper (“The Office,” “Bridesmaids”) as a woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over as a nanny for a socialite (Jane Krakowski from “30 Rock”) in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers and a couple of past-due library books, she takes on a world she didn’t think even existed anymore.”

 Obvious Child

Obvious Child

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: It was recommended to me by Netflix based on my interests of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Royal Tenanbaums & Lost in Translation. HAHAH OKAY YOU WIN. I LOVE ALL THOSE.

What It Is About: “After being fired from her job and dumped by her cheating boyfriend, a comedian bottoms out and has a drunken one-night stand with a nice guy who’s not her type. Weeks later, she finds out she’s pregnant.”

 

 

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Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: It definitely piqued my interest with some of the reception on this one. But truly like seeing Jen play different roles outside of what she typically gets cast in.

What It Is About: “Saddled with chronic pain, Claire Simmons has kept a sense of humor, even if it’s of the acidic, angry variety. Upset but gripped by curiosity when a member of her support group kills herself, Claire decides to excavate the truths behind the suicide.”

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Kodaline — Coming Up For Air

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation:  I really loved their 2013 (and debut) album In A Perfect World so I’ve been waiting for a new album to see what they had up their sleeves next! Digging it! Favorite songs so far: Honest, Ready, Autopilot, Lost, Better

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Carrie & Lowell

Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: Well, I’ve been a Sufjan fan for like the past 10+ years sooooo EVERY NEW ALBUM IS LIKE CHRISTMAS AND GETS AN AUTO ADD TO MY QUEUE. And this one does NOT disappoint. Dudes, I can’t pick favorites for this one. I CANNOT. I have been listening to it A LOT since it released at the end of March!!!

Matt & Kim – New Glow

New Glow Matt & Kim

Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: Been a big Matt & Kim fan for a while and was REALLY digging the single “Hey Now”. Faves so far: Hey Now (obviously), Stirred Up,

If you want to catch what I’m listening to…follow me on Spotify! Let me know who you are so I can follow back and check out youuur music!

lets-talk

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 {11}

New To the Queue is a sporadic 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!

 

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Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman cover

 

 Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date – September 1, 2015

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: WILD WILD WEST! GENDER-BENDING! I HAVE BEEN WANTING THIS. And look at that cover!

What It’s About:When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Red Rose Gang for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

 

 

Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn

Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date- March 17, 2015


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
It came in the mail and I read the back and thought it sounds fun! Set in the south! Country music band!  Romance!

What It’s About: Music has always been the main character’s outlet that she learned from her grandpa when things were tough. Now 10 years later she’s in a band with her brother out on the road and trying to make it big. She’s having a hard time thinking about the drummer of their band, who she has know and been in love with since they were kids, and he won’t even recognize her as anything but his best friend’s little sister even though she swears he feels their connection to. So she devises a plan to get him out of her system — to have just one night with him. Little does she know that her brother has made him promise to never go near her like that that could have major impacts on the band if that promise is broken.

 

 

 Star Crossed by Elizabeth C. BunceStar Crossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: 2010


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
Well, I’ve been getting into fantasy lately (obviously) and it was on a “you may also like” for something I was looking up and it looked interesting!

What It’s About: “Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse, dodging the Greenmen who have banned all magic. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she has to get out of the city, fast, and hides herself in a merry group of nobles to do so. Accepted as a lady’s maid to shy young Merista Nemair, Digger finds new peace and friendship at the Nemair stronghold–as well as plenty of jewels for the taking. But after the devious Lord Daul catches her in the act of thievery, he blackmails her into becoming his personal spy in the castle, and Digger soon realizes that her noble hosts aren’t as apolitical as she thought… that indeed, she may be at the heart of a magical rebellion.”

 

 

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen book cover

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: June 16, 2015

 


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
It came in the mail which I was really happy about because I liked the author’s book, 17 First Kisses. Plus revenge storylines are always fun!

What It’s About:  “In the small town of Ranburne, high school football rules and the players are treated like kings. How they treat the girls they go to school with? That’s a completely different story. Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana each have their own reason for wanting to teach the team a lesson—but it’s only when circumstances bring them together that they come up with the plan to steal the one thing the boys hold sacred. All they have to do is beat them at their own game.

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Whiplash

Whiplash

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue:  I’m such a fan of JK Simmons (I’m still stabby that Growing Up Fisher was cancelled bc it was great) and after all the awards it was nominated for/won…definitely wanted to check it out.

What It Is About: “Driven by his demanding music teacher, drummer Andrew is determined to succeed as a jazz musician — even if it destroys his personality. Under the shadow of his father’s failed artistic attempts, Andrew practices until his hands bleed.”

 The theory of everything

The Theory of Everything

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I’ve been curious about it since I saw previews for it and then also all the award shows gave it high praise. I know it’s going to be a hard one to watch since Will’s father passed from ALS.

What It Is About: “With his body progressively ravaged by ALS, world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking must rely on his wife, Jane, to continue his life’s work as he faces various challenges. This affecting biographical drama centers on the couple’s fertile partnership.”

 Game of ThronesGame of Thrones

 

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: BECAUSE THE WORLD WANTS ME TO WATCH THIS SHOW. I kept telling myself that I want to read the books first but if I’m honest with myself that’s probably not going to happen anytime soon PLUS Will said he was game to watch it (this is SO not his thing) so I’ve got to jump on that!

What It Is About: “Originally airing on HBO, this live-action fantasy series — based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels — charts the violent efforts of competing noble families to gain control of the vacant Westeros throne..”

 

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 MisterWives – Our Own House

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation:  I loved their single Reflections last November when I added it to my musical rotation (yes I keep detailed playlists so I know when I first listened to things haha) and they just came out with a full album at the end of February! I’ve only gotten a chance to listen to it once as a whole so far.  Fave songs besides Reflections thus far: Our Own House, Hurricane, Coffins, Queens

Handsome Ghost — Steps

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I was looking where MisterWives was going on tour and saw they were playing with them so I checked their EP! Pretty good!

 Susanne Sundfor – Ten Love Songs

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: My friend Jen had been listening to her non-stop and we have similar taste! Her voice is so interesting!

If you want to catch what I’m listening to…follow me on Spotify! Let me know who you are so I can follow back and check out youuur music!

lets-talk

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 {10}

New To the Queue is 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. For past posts, go here!

 

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All The Bright Places

 

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date – January 6, 2015

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: I hadn’t heard of this one (granted I’ve been bad about keeping up with new releases lately) and then at the beginning of the year EVERYONE was talking about how amazing this one is.

What It’s About:Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.”

For Real Allison Cherry

 

For Real by Allison Cherry (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date- December 9, 2014


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
Dahlia told me I’d like it!

What It’s About: Two sisters, Claire and Miranda, go on an Around the World reality show to compete to win money and also get revenge on a cheating ex-boyfriend. The show has a twist and Claire finds herself potentially in an on-screen romance for all the world to see.

Like It Never Happened

 

Like It Never Happened by Emily Adrian (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: June 2, 2015


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
Well, in the summary on Goodreads it compared it to stuff written by Sara Zarr, Siobhan Vivian and E. Lockhart sooo I’m all about that. Plus I love that the plot has to do with a school production!

What It’s About: Rebecca gets a part in the school’s production of The Crucible and sheds her old reputation as she gets closer to the cast. As the group gets closer they vow they won’t date each other but an onstage kiss with one of the guys and her growing feelings for him make it hard. Soon on-stage and off-stage drama + a serious accusation threaten to ruin everything.

 

We'll Always Have Paris book

 

We’ll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: April 2014

 


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
It was pitched to me and I accepted because I love travelogues plus I liked the idea of a mother/daughter memoir.

What It’s About:  “Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. It’s the reason she drops everything during the summers on a quest to travel through Europe with her daughter, Katie, before it’s too late. Even though her husband can’t join them, even though she’s nervous about the journey, and even though she’s perfectly healthy, she spends three to four weeks per trip jamming Katie’s mental photo album with memories. In this heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped relinquish her fear of dying…for the sake of living.

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80000643Birdman

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue:  With all the Golden Globe and Oscar talk, I had to save it to my queue.

What It Is About: “Michael Keaton delivers a winking performance in this dark comedy about a cinematic superhero trying to forge a comeback with a Broadway play. With none of the super-powers of his former character, the actor struggles to rebuild his career and life.”

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What If

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: It popped up in my “recommended for you” list and it sure does look like a me movie!

What It Is About: “Wallace meets Chantry an animator and form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. There is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?”

 

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The Good Wife

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: It always seems to be nominated for something. It never piqued my interest when it first came out but it is now.

What It Is About: “Julianna Margulies stars as attorney Alicia Florrick, who finds herself forced to return to work after a corruption scandal lands her politician husband in prison. Though Alicia stood by him, she has a host of reasons to question their marriage.”

 

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 The Tragic Thrills – Self Titled

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation:  I digging their song Tears this past Fall and decided it was time to listen to the full album! So far my thoughts = catchy + fun

Joseph — Native Dreamer Kin

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I had added their songs Cloudline & Lifting Away to my November playlist and then wanted to listen to the full album because MY GOD THEIR VOICES. LIKE ANGELS.

Ruelle – Up In Flames

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I heard the song Big Guns and had to listen to the full album!

If you want to catch what I’m listening to…follow me on Spotify! Let me know who you are so I can follow back and check out youuur music!

lets-talk

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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