New To The Queue {7}

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. For past posts, go here!

 

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Hold Me Like A Breath

 

Hold Me Like A Breath by Tiffany Schmidt (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date – May 19, 2015

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: When Tiff started talking about it at an event recently I swear the whole room was like OH MY GOD GIVE THIS TO ME NOW.

What It’s About: It is the start of a series of crime family fairy tale retellings. OMG RIGHT? This one is a retelling of Princess & the Pea and the main character’s family is one of 3 families who control the black market of organ transplants.

More Than This

More Than This by Patrick Ness (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date- 2013


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I’ve been meaning to read his books and it seems like a book I would like based on things people have said. PLUS Lisa is a major fangirl.

What It’s About: I don’t REALLY know but I’ve been told to go in kind of blind so I’m listening and not really looking.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

 

 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: September 1, 2014


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I saw it pop up on Goodreads one day and I like apocalypse-y kinds of books.

What It’s About: I don’t really know. I know we see the apocalypse and there’s an actor who dies on the night that everything goes to shit and it flips from past to present. IDK the summary sounded REALLY good soooo I don’t care if I don’t really know.

 

The Warrior Heir

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima (Amazon – As I write this is 99 cents for Kindle // Goodreads)
Release Date: 2006

 


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
Because ever since I binge read the Throne of Glass series and got hooked on fantasy EVERYONE has been hounding me to read this series!!

What It’s About:  A boy founds out he is actually part of a magical peoples that live among the normal humans. There are feuding houses and a magical tournament and warriors!!

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Haven

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue:  I saw it when I was scrolling Netflix and I was like WHY YES I WOULD LIKE A PARANORMALY SHOW TO WATCH WITHOUT WILL BECAUSE HE HATES THAT STUFF.

What It Is About: “Sent to a seaside enclave to look into a suspicious death, FBI agent Audrey Parker discovers the town is a haven for people with paranormal abilities”

 

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Tracks

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I was looking something up on Fandango and I saw this in the coming soon section.

What It Is About: “Mia Wasikowska is affecting as adventurer Robyn Davidson, who crossed the Australian desert alone — and on foot — in 1977. Drawn from Davidson’s memoir, this drama depicts her arduous journey and explores her reasons for undertaking it..”

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Maidentrip

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: It keeps popping up under documentary suggestions for me and I always do love an interesting documentary and Netflix knows that.

What It Is About: “Critics called her delusional. Child welfare agents tried to intervene. But Laura Dekker would not be denied her shot at sailing round the world. This documentary captures the 14-year-old’s solo feat through footage she shot on her two-year voyage.”

 

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Sir Sly- You Haunt Me

Sir Sly new album

Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation:  I had listened to a couple of their singles and was waiting with anticipation for the whole album to come out and IT DID on the 16th. BEST PART is that I saw them live last weekend with Grouplove, Wolf Gang, Brick + Mortar and Vance Joy and fell even MORE in love!! Favorite songs thus far: You Haunt Me, Gold, Ghost, Too Far Gone

Brick + Mortar – Bangs

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: Back in August 2013 I heard one of their singles and added it to my playlist for that month but kind of forgot to check back when there album was out. THEN this year I heard a 2014 single from them and THEN I found out they were playing at the show I mentioned above with Grouplove/Vance Joy/Sir Sly/Wolf Gang and so I added their 2013 album to my queue in preparation. Favorite songs: Honestly I started to list them and it was all of them except Terrible Things.

Banks – Goddess

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: OMG I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS ALBUM!!  I was obsessed with Change & Waiting Game when I heard them & added them to my October 2013 playlist. Then I devoured every single.  FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY.  Fave songs: Change, Waiting Game, You Should Know Where I’m Coming From, Beggin For Thread

If you want to stalk what I’m listening to…follow me on Spotify! Let me know who you are so I can follow back and stalk 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 {6}

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. For past posts, go here!

 

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Winterspell by Claire Legrand (Amazon  // Goodreads)
Publication Date – September 30, 2014

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: It showed up in my mailbox and looked interesting!!

What It’s About: IT IS A YA RETELLING OF THE NUTCRACKER!!! Pretty much all I needed to know!

Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date- 2013


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I recently read and FREAKING LOVED After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid and immediately had to look up this one!

What It’s About: It weaves together the story of one couple’s whirlwind romance and marriage with a tragedy that happens just as quickly and the process of healing that must be endured in the aftermath.

 

Love & Other Theories by Alexis Bass

  Love & Other Theories by Alexis Bass (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: December 31, 2014


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
It showed up in my mailbox and piqued my interest!

What It’s About: The main character and her group of friends have a pact to play the love game like guys do so they don’t get hurt. They rules are: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart. When a new guy moves in to town and surprises the main character she’s in jeopardy of breaking the “don’t fall in love” rule!

 

Lost & Found

Lost & Found by Brooke Davis (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: I think it was out in June 2014 in Australia and comes out January 2015 from Dutton Adult here in the states!


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I cannot remember how I found this one and it’s going to drive me NUTS. But it’s an Aussie book + there’s a road trip + the summary just sounded interesting.

What It’s About:  A rag tag trio (a little kid & 2 elderly) find themselves bound together and on a road trip to find what they are looking for.

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About Time

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue:  I kept seeing previews for it and it looked cute. PLUS I love me some Rachel McAdams! ALSO DIRECTOR OF LOVE ACTUALLY DIRECTED THIS!

What It Is About: “A young man who comes from a family of time-travelers changes history for the better in this romantic comedy from director Richard Curtis. During one of his trips to the past, he falls for a woman played by Rachel McAdams. ”

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The Brothers Bloom

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I don’t remember why I added this but it looks really good. Plus Mark Ruffalo and Adrian Brody are actors I like!

What It Is About: “The Brothers Bloom made a name for themselves as the world’s best con men. Now, the younger is ready to retire, but his brother lures him into one last job. What he hasn’t counted on, though, is falling for their mark, an adventure-seeking heiress.”

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Electrick Children

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: Netflix recommended it to me and I was like OKAY I SHALL ADD YOU BECAUSE YOU LOOK INTERESTING.

What It Is About: “Idealistic teenager Rachel astonishes her fundamentalist Mormon family when she announces that she’s been impregnated by listening to a rock song. Rachel then runs off to Las Vegas to escape an arranged marriage and to find the father of her baby.”

 

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Bishop Allen- Lights Out

new Bishop Allen album

Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I’ve been a huge fan of Bishop Allen since 2004 when I was a college freshman and I heard their album Charm School. It’s still an album I listen to A LOT. Plus MEMORIES are associated with it. I was loving the singles being put out and so this new album came out this past week and I’ve been listening like crazy! Favorite songs thus far: Start Again, Skeleton Key, Why I Had To Go, Black Hole

CLAIRE –The Great Escape

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: Ginger suggested it would be something I would like (we are musical soulmates mostly)  and SHE WAS RIGHT!! Favorite songs: Games, Broken Promise Land, Pioneers, A Million Drums

Paul Otten – Welcome To Life

Paul Otten album

Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I’ve been listening to all the singles he’s put out in the past year and a half on repeat and THANK GOD THE ALBUM IS SO GOOD. His single I Got Your Back made my top songs in my monthly rewind for July. Fave songs: I Got Your Back, All The Stars, I Can Wait, Welcome To Life

If you want to stalk what I’m listening to…follow me on Spotify! Let me know who you are so I can follow back and stalk 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 {5}

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. For past posts, go here!

 

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Friendship by Emily Gould

Friendship by Emily Gould (Amazon  // Goodreads)
Publication Date – July 1, 2014

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: Estelle talked about it and I read the summary and YEAH I NEED. I love friendship novels!

What It’s About: Friendship! The two main characters have been best friends for years and now they are in their 30’s and things are changing big time with real adulthood knocking on their door — pregnancy, careers, debt and more.

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Blankets by Craig Thomas (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date- 2003


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I was reading Isla and the Happily Ever After and Isla & Josh were having a conversation about graphic memoirs and I saw an author I liked mentioned and tweeted Stephanie about it and she HIGHLY recommended this one. SO YEAH. Insta-add.

What It’s About: “Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.” — from Goodreads

 

The Start of Me and You Emery Lord

  The Start Of Me & You by Emery Lord (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: March 31, 2015


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I FREAKING LOVED OPEN ROAD SUMMER so this was a no brainer. OMG WHY IS 2015 SO FAR AWAY???

What It’s About: Two years ago Paige’s first boyfriend died in an accident and she began to shut out the world. Now she’s decided that she’s ready to live her life again and convince everyone she’s fine by getting a boyfriend (she has one in mind!) and joining some clubs…until her prospective boyfriend’s nerdy cousin moves into town and shakes up her world.

 

Gilt by Katherine Longshore

Gilt by Katherine Longshore (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: May 2012


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I just read her most recent book, Brazen, and really enjoyed it so I figured I MUST check this one out.

What It’s About:  Set in King Henry VIII’s court, Gilt follows a young girl who is thrust into this world when she joins her best friend Catherine Howard there. She finds romance, secrets and scandalous affairs…all while she watches her best friend rise and fall as Queen.

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Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: After seeing my top 10 favorite movies of all time list, another blogger suggested I take a look at her list of favorite indie movies and this and a couple others were added to my Netflix!

What It Is About: “After staging an unsuccessful suicide to get her boyfriend’s attention, a struggling playwright moves back home to live with her mother, her mother’s boyfriend and a handsome lodger who sings with a Backstreet Boys cover band.”

 

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Love Me If You Dare

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: A reader suggested, on my top 10 favorite movies list, that I might like this. Always looking for good French films to watch!

What It Is About: “Ever since they were kids, Sophie (Marion Cotillard) and Julien (Guillaume Canet) have gotten their kicks out of a game where they continuously attempt to one-up the other with a chain of extreme pranks. When their relationship escalates to romance, the game turns harshly negative, and the two lovers’ view of reality grows increasingly skewed.”

 

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The Tudors (tv show)

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I’ve always been fascinated by this time period (and history in general) and I’ve gotten into Reign when that show started, then read Brazen and now I’m like OKAY I need way to get my history fix and this show is supposedly real good!

What It Is About: “All the splendor and scandal of England’s 16th-century royal court comes to life in this series that follows notorious Tudor monarch Henry VIII. The king often lets his passions rule, making for one of the most tumultuous periods of the throne.”

 

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Bleachers – Strange Desires

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I’ve mentioned Bleachers a couple times in my Monthly Rewinds (last month & in February) because I’ve REALLY been digging their singles they’ve been putting out. FINALLY THE FULL ALBUM JUST CAME OUT. I’ve listened to it once and I’m feeling like this is going to be on repeat for a while. (If you didn’t know..Bleachers is the guy from the band FUN’s other project). Favorite songs: I Wanna Get Better, Rollercoaster, Wild Heart, Shadow

Trampled by Turtles –Wild Animals

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I came across the song Are You Behind The Shining Star and became obessed. Was happy to see there was a full album available. From my first listen I’m really digging it!

Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I’ve been a fan of them and have been waiting for the new album!
Fave songs: Feel, Luna, Home By Now

If you want to stalk what I’m listening to…follow me on Spotify! Let me know who you are so I can follow back and stalk 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 {4}

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. For past posts, go here!

 

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I know I mostly talk about YA on this blog but funny enough 3/4 of my picks this time around are adult (which I read as well!).

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A Passionate Love Affair With A Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson (Amazon — $2.99 for Kindle right now  // Goodreads)
Release Date – January 2013

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: Estelle raved about it!

What It’s About: Charley has it all…until she doesn’t after she breaks her leg in three places and everything falls apart. While she is out of work for a bit she finds herself bored and ends up finding she has a knack for helping people with their online love life by ghost writing for them. She finds her life starting to change after starts writing to a man from a client — someone who she has started to fall in love with herself.

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date- July 2014


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I love adult historical fiction and it was a title that was at BEA (but I’m so sad because I didn’t snag it). It sounds so intriguing.

What It’s About: The main character receives a miniature house that is the mirror image of her own from her new husband and soon has pieces to fill the house that mirror their real household from a miniaturist who is unknown to her. Through the miniatures she starts to piece together her new family and their secrets.

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  The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: June 3, 2014


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
It sounds INCREDIBLE. I don’t know how I came about it but I read the summary and I was like YEAH I NEED THIS.

What It’s About: The story of the love between a Panamanian boy (whose family immigrated 15 years ago) and a Mexican girl (who survived a devastating accident in Mexico) who live in the same apartment block with other immigrant families like themselves. 

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Anatomy of A Misfit by Andrea Portes (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: September 2014


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I got it in the mail and I love the cover plus it sounds like a book I would like because I LOVE books where the social hierarchy is challenged and a main character really explores the person they portray to others and they person they ARE.

What It’s About: Anika is super popular and keeps all the weird things and quirks about her under wraps to maintain her social status. When a boy, who would be classified as a loner nerd by her friends, comes back in the Fall looking extremely hot and full of mystery she wants to befriend him but knows what she has to lose socially if she does.

 

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Stuck In Love

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: After I saw The Fault In Our Stars I wanted to see what other movies Josh Boone directed and I saw this one and it looked like a movie I would like!

What It Is About: “This quirky tale follows a year in the lives of the Borgens clan, which is in a tailspin thanks to the family patriarch’s obsession with his ex-wife.”

 

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Blue Jasmine

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I really, really like Cate Blanchett.

What It Is About: “The high life leads to high anxiety for a fashionable New York City homemaker in crisis who finds herself forced to live a more modest lifestyle in San Francisco. Woody Allen directs an ensemble cast that includes Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin.”

 

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Orange Is The New Black

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I wasn’t really interested in it when it first came out but lots of people have been talking about it SO I must give it a try.

What It Is About: “From the creator of “Weeds” comes a heartbreaking and hilarious series set in a women’s prison. Piper trades her comfortable life for an orange jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.”

 

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First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: First Aid Kit is one of my favorites since I discovered their songs Our Own Pretty Ways & EmmyLou. Their voices are magic so this has been on my calendar and FINALLY YESTERDAY it was released.
Fave Songs (So Far): My Silver Lining, Cedar Lane, A Long Time Ago

Passenger –Whispers

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: At the risk of sounding like a snob (which is NOT my intention), I discovered Passenger well before Let Her Go became the huge phenomena it has become. (LOVE THAT SONG). I’ve loved his stuff and I’ve been WAITING IMPATIENTLY for the new album and it just released yesterday and GAHHH SO GOOD.
Favorite Songs Off It (So Far): Heart’s On Fire, Scare Away The Dark, Whispers

Thumpers — Galore

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I heard their song Sound of Screams and had to listen to more!
Fave songs: Sound of Screams, Unkinder (A Tougher Love), Dancing’s Done

If you want to stalk what I’m listening to…follow me on Spotify! Let me know who you are so I can follow back and stalk 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 {3}

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. For past posts, go here!

 

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A Girl Called Fearless Catherine Linka cover

 

A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka (Amazon  // Goodreads)
Release Date – May 16, 2014

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: The world sounds incredibly interesting and honestly the cover kind of drew me in!

What It’s About: A synthetic hormone in beef kills women off (not little girls or old women) and the men/dads become super protective of their daughters even if the threat doesn’t seem to be there anymore. They start controlling their lives and choices. The main character, Ava, is contracted to marry an old, rich men because her dad’s company is failing. Ava decides that she can’t do that so, with the help of a friend, decides to run to Canada.

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Thirty Girls by Susan Minot (Amazon // Goodreads)
Published- January 2014


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I love books set in different countries — especially ones I don’t know that much about! This one is set in war torn Africa and deals with child soldiers.

What It’s About: Two women meet in war torn Africa — one is an American journalist trying to give voice to the young children who are taken and put into the army and forced to see/do horrible things and the other is a young girl named Esther who is in that situation.

 

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  Boomerang by Noelle August (Amazon (only $2.99 to pre-order for Kindle) // Goodreads)
Release Date: July 2014


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
Because Veronica Rossi is half of the writing team for this book. Noelle August is a pseudonym for Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger.  You all know how much I love the Under the Never Sky series! I don’t read much NA fiction right now but if there was one author I trusted to deliver…it’s Veronica!!

What It’s About: Ethan and Mia meet in a bar and hookup that night — only to find out that they are interning at the same place — Boomerang.com which is a dating site for millennials. Their feelings for each other come to a screeching halt because there is a strict policy against dating coworkers and they are both competing for the same job. But will they be able to keep their focus or will that attraction be a stronger pull?

 

Falling into Place by Amy Khang

Falling Into Place by Amy Khang (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: September 2014


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I love contemporary YA and it sounds interesting and, even though I know better, it says for fans of Gayle Forman. And well, you know me. Also, I really want to know who the narrator is. The summary says “told by an unexpected and surprising narrator” sooo I’m all over that. It also sounds thought provoking. REALLY A WIN FOR ME just by summary alone.

What It’s About: Told by an “unexpected and surprising narrator”, Falling Into Place tells the story of a popular junior girl, Liz, who decides to drive her Mercedes off the road and tries to piece together the whys.

 

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Wish I Was Here

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: BECAUSE ZACH BRAFF IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVES. (Thanks Ginger for being my movie news supplier because I am so out of the loop these days!!). I feel like such a dunce for not knowing he had a new film coming out. And I hate that it says UNKNOWN release date on Netflix. GIMME.

What It Is About: “With his acting career moribund, Aidan Bloom steers a new tack in life, taking over his children’s education when private school becomes too costly. Finding much to learn as well as teach, Aidan develops his own unique curriculum for the kids..”

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Short Term 12

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: Because Rainbow Rowell said so? Also, it definitely DOES seem like a me movie but once Rainbow tweeted about it I couldn’t get my fingers to move faster to add to my list.

What It Is About: “A new charge at a foster care facility dredges up the memories of a young supervisor’s own troubled past, and her tough exterior begins eroding.”

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Enough Said

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: Because Julia Louis-Dreyfus!! Also, it’s going to be sad watching this because of James Gandolfini.

What It Is About: “Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini star in this charming comedy about a divorced woman venturing into a relationship with a sweet man. But things get tricky when she discovers the man she’s dating is the hated ex-husband of her new best friend.”

 

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Twin Forks – Self Titled Album

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I’ve been obsessed with their song Back To You since last year as a single (pretty sure I put it as a Monthly Rewind pick in December)  and I’ve been WAITING for this one for forever!! Solid album. I think my new fave songs, besides Back To You, are Kiss Me Darlin’, Cross My Mind and Can’t Be Broken but honestly it’s just all so good and it’s been on A LOT for me.

The Colourist — Self Title Album

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I really loved Little Games when that single came out (another I added to my December Monthly Rewind list) and so I am eating this one up! Besides Little Games I love Wishing Well and Tonight (Young Hearts). Very upbeat and fun album!

Goldspot — Aerogramme

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I don’t even know how I found these guys at this point but LOVE. Fave songs: Abyss, The Border Line and If The Hudson Overflows.

If you want to stalk what I’m listening to…follow me on Spotify! Let me know who you are so I can follow back and stalk 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 {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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