Friday Five: September 2nd

 

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The Friday Five is my version of a weekly round-up of five things bookish and non bookish that I found interesting, entertaining, hilarious and/or down right shocking all around the many, many corners of the internet.

1. Casual (Season Two)

The husband and I have been binge watching the Hulu original show Casual pretty religiously for the last week or so and just finished on Wednesday. We became pretty obsessed with it pretty quickly. To give you guys the gist, if you haven’t seen it, the show revolves around brother/sister duo Alex (shown above) and Valerie after she and her daughter Laura (also shown above) move into Alex’s house following her divorce from her unfaithful ex-husband. As the title may give away, Casual is a pretty modernistic view into the casual dating world of adults who utterly suck at adulting. Alex and Val are pretty messed up. Alex is somehow the middle ground between a sociopath and an idiot savant, plus he’s the co-founder of a dating website that while popular can’t even match him to a lovely lady and Val is a therapist who tries her best to help everyone, but can’t seem to get her life in order. Then you have Laura and her teenage angst who’s being raised by them both, so good luck to her. Needless to say, their lives are a shit show, making my husband and I pretty thankful that our lives share zero resemblance to theirs. But, damn, makes for good television.

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2. Pottermore Presents: a trio of ebooks

It seems like everywhere you look there is more news about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. While technically this news dropped two weeks, I only heard about it earlier this week, I’m like a snail sometimes. Basically, Pottermore will be dropping three ebooks, Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, and Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, on September 6th – “just in time for the new Hogwarts term” (and my birthday) – that delve deeper into the wizarding world that we all know and love. Obviously, I’m pretty stoked about this. I just wish there were physical books to add to my ever growing collection of Harry Potter memorabilia.

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3. RIP Gene Wilder

Growing up I was huge fans of Willy Wonka, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein so losing Gene is like losing a piece of my childhood. Gene will be severely loved and missed.

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4. Stranger Things Renewed for Second Season

Earlier this week it became official that the Stranger Things was greenlit for a second season! If you are like me or my closest friends, this news is everything we’ve been wanting since binge watching the first season of the throwback 80s horror show about a billion times. The only show I’ve watched more is Rick and Morty, that’s saying something. Netflix even dropped a teaser video listing the episode titles for the second season which really got my heart pumping. What’s interesting is that it looks like the Duffer Brothers are going to be releasing the second series as more of a sequel titling it Stranger Things 2. Yet, instead of doing a major time jump they are sticking to the current timeline of the show leaving us in the fall of 1984. [The Atlantic.] It’s also been noted that most of the major characters from the first season are returning, but nothing has been confirmed for our tiny heroine Eleven and her eggos. In other news, Funko, popular vinyl toy company, released mock ups for Eleven and poor deceased Barb possibly hinting towards creating a line for the show soon. As a collector, I HOPE HOPE HOPE this turns into a reality.

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5. Book Riot’s 10 Hilarious Books for Your Coffee Table & Guest Bathroom.

My husband and I have finally decided to take the plunge into become homeowners as we go into our fifth year of marriage and get dangerously closer to our thirties. In preparation and to keep my sanity while house hunting I’ve been scouring pinterest and the rest of the interwebs for decor ideas and came across this list of books. I may end up maxing out my credit card on coffee table books. My husband has been warned.

How was your week?

 

The Friday Five: June 26, 2015

Friday Five

The Friday Five is my version of a weekly round-up of five things bookish and five things non bookish that I found interesting, entertaining, hilarious and/or down right shocking all around the many, many corners of the internet.

Bookish

1. 20 PHOTOS OF FAMOUS AUTHORS LOOKING BADASS (VIA FLAVORWIRE)

Yukio Mishima’s photo was by far my favorite. I now have extreme goals of taking a badass picture of myself holding a sword, whether or not my sword will be legit is up for debate. I do have a foam sword from when I cosplayed Fiona from Adventure Time at comicon a few years back. Hmm.

2. TONI MORRISON AT POLITICS AND PROSE (VIA SLATE MAGAZINE AND POLICTICS AND PROSE BOOKSTORE)

I am a huge podcast nerd and spend many of the hours of my day while working listening to a variety of podcasts. One of those podcasts is Politics and Prose which is a podcast of live readings, discussion and questions of various writers and journalists. It’s held at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington D.C. and is a co-production with Slate Magazine. I listen to pretty much ever Slate podcast and highly recommend them. This is actually an old taping from back in April, but I am really behind on my podcast listening after wanting to catch up on some other podcasts that make more sense to listen from the very beginning rather than jumping in at episode 600 and something. I was super excited to listen to this, mostly because I started my “summer of Toni Morrison” the other day, it just seemed like good timing. This discussion was phenomenal. Toni was funny and candid and really delved into some great insight on not only her most recent novel God Help the Child, but also motifs that stem from her earlier work. If you are a fan of Morrison, this is a must listen.

3. WHAT’S YOUR “HARRY POTTER” PORN STAR NAME? (VIA BUZZFEED)

This link may be a little on the NSFW side, but is totally still hilarious. Let me know what you got!

You got: Voldemoan
People dare not speak your name. No, the only way people say your name is when they’re shouting it from your bedroom.

4. SO YOU WANT TO READ SOME CLASSIC LESBIAN LITERATURE. (VIA BOOKRIOT.COM)

In honor of Pride Month and today’s amazing decision by SCOTUS to finally legalize same-sex marriage in all fifty states of the United States, I thought everyone should check out this list of lesbian lit complied by the great people of BookRiot.

5. sellout by paul beatty (article via the la times)

Like usual, I’m always late to finding out about books that I’ll want to read and end up wanting to read them way after everyone else has already read it. This is again the case with Sellout by Paul Beatty. Beatty is a contemporary African-American author who has studied under Alan Ginsberg (just to name drop) and is absolutely hilarious. I recently listened to a reading from his novel and fell in love with how real and beautiful the prose is. This is a novel I cannot wait to pick up.

Nonbookish

1. #LOVEWINS (ARTICLE VIA NPR.ORG)

I am a proud, gigantic supporter of LGBTQIA rights. I am swelling with pride over the Supreme Courts decision to FINALLY make same-sex marriage legal in the United States. I personally think it’s about time and I have a lot of personal reasons for thinking this. That being said, I’m not here to sway your own opinions in one way or another, this is merely a topic that I personally care about and I’m proud that we are finally taking a step past the prejudices of the previous generation.

2. FIRST LISTEN: JOY WILLIAMS “VENUS” (VIA NPR.ORG)

So I was one of the many devastated fans that cried with The Civil Wars called it quits, but thankfully Joy Williams didn’t throw in the towel with her solo career. Her new album drops sometime next week, but the entire album is available to stream on NPR.org! It’s absolutely beautiful.

3. In Memoriam: Iggy Azalea’s Career (via HuffPost Show)

Whoever at the HuffPost came up with this, my hat tips to you sir or madam.

4. SELFIE STICK SHUTS DOWN RIDE AT THEME PARK (VIA JEZEBEL.COM)

Ask anyone I know, I freaking HATE selfie sticks. They drive me up the wall. I’m definitely not afraid to smack that stick right out of anyone’s goddamn hand, cell phone be damned.

5. 23 EASY WAYS TO INSTANTLY MAKE YOUR DAY BETTER (VIA BUZZFEED)

This is probably my favorite think on buzzfeed ever. Not going to lie.

How was your week?

Friday Five: March 6, 2015

Friday Five

The Friday Five is my version of a weekly round-up of things I found interesting, entertaining, hilarious and/or down right shocking all around the many, many corners of the internet. Sidenote: The things I come across are not ALWAYS super new, so…well, deal with it. Also they’ll probably be mostly YouTube videos. Again, I apologize for nothing.

1. bookriot’s reading pathways: chuck palahniuk

While I’m currently in the process of making my second go around on Palahniuk’s library of intense literature, I strongly agree that if you haven’t read anything by him, you seriously should. I don’t exactly agree with BookRiot’s recommended sequence of the three novels they chose, but you have to start somewhere. Personally, I always recommend Invisible Monsters first and Fight Club last.

2. The genius that is dan wilbur.

Dan Wilbur is a hilarious comic who takes time out of his busy day to photoshop Better Book Titles on various books that we all know and love. Personally, his adaptation of Jane Eyre is one of my favorites. He also has a podcast and it’s also about books.

3. this amazingly adorable MENAGERIE of stuffed animals.

My best friend’s younger sister is pregnant, which means I’m basically becoming an aunt by proxy. I’ve been spending time looking for some unique baby gifts to get her for her baby shower and came across this article from Paste Magazine. By the article’s name, I definitely want to keep these all for myself. Kids don’t appreciate stuff anyway, right?

4. if google were a guy!

My boss, funny enough, was the one to show this to me. There are three videos total revolving around the same idea and they are each perfect in every way. There were a few times I almost spit my coffee all over his desk while watching. It really hits home.

5. i want to sing with noah guthrie.

I’m a gleek and I have no shame in admitting that. I have religiously and faithfully watched every episode and I’m ready to say goodbye after this final season ends. It’ll be a bittersweet, emotional goodbye. Noah Guthrie portrays Roderick, one of the new kids in the glee club. Though, Guthrie is more popularly known around the youtube verse for his amazing singing and cover videos. I live under a rock sometimes, so I really only heard of him thanks to the show. BUT DAMN! Boy can sing.

have a great weekend!

The Friday Five: February 27, 2015

Friday Five

The Friday Five is my version of a weekly round-up of things I found interesting, entertaining, hilarious and/or down right shocking all around the many, many corners of the internet. Sidenote: The things I come across are not ALWAYS super new, so…well, deal with it. Also they’ll probably be mostly YouTube videos. Again, I apologize for nothing.

1. i finally finished rewatching gilmore girls.

This took me a lot longer than I thought it was going to. It was only my second run through of the series and I forgot how much I have subconsciously gone from being more of a Rory to a Lorelai over the years. Much of my adult life actions and demeanor seems to have been shaped by my absolute love of this show when it was on air. No regrets.

2. this rad couple that make me want to rethink what i’m doing with my life.

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They built a freaking awesome house on wheels! And look at that dog. Holy crap look at that dog, so precious. I aspire to be this couple who have somehow found the courage to quit their jobs (though the article states that they both work online, which seems more feasible), build a tiny house and travel the United States. This sounds like one epic adventure.

3. these adorable four-legged friends who don’t appreciate bibliophiles.

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This picture is exactly what happens whenever I decide to get comfortable and read in an accessible area for my dogs. How dare I read and not pet them all night.

4. slushie waves!

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It’s moments like this that make me glad I live in the middle of a scorching hot desert.

5. RIP leonard nimoy.

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To end this post on a terribly sad note, Leonard Nimoy passed away today at age 83. Even if you aren’t a Star Trek fan (personally, I’m hardcore Star Wars but have always had a deep love and understanding of the Star Trek world) Leonard Nimoy’s role as Spock is still one of the most iconic roles. Ever. If you loved Spock or hated him, Nimoy brought to life this enigmatic member of the Enterprise crew who showed us what it was like to struggle with your inner self and still be a viable member of any group. Live long and prosper, Mr. Spock, you will be dearly missed.

have a great weekend!

The Friday Five: February 20, 2015

Friday Five

The Friday Five is my version of a weekly round-up of things I found interesting, entertaining, hilarious and/or down right shocking all around the many, many corners of the internet. Sidenote: The things I come across are not ALWAYS super new, so…well, deal with it. Also they’ll probably be mostly YouTube videos. Again, I apologize for nothing.

1. brian justin crum and janel parrish cover sam smith’s single “lay me down”.

Like I mentioned in my last point, I’m a pretty fanatical Pretty Little Liars fan. Like a true, crazy fan, I follow most of the cast members on the ole’ Instagram. Janel Parrish’s instagram always bring a smile to my face, so when I saw she was doing a cover of Lay Me Down with Broadway star Brian Justin Crum, I semi-stalked his YouTube channel until the video was posted. Sam Smith is just a beautiful soul and that shows in how simply amazing his music is (at least in my opinion). I’m also a bit bias as I’ve been known to do a rendition or two of his songs at karaoke. I was super pleased with this cover. Visually it’s beautiful and Crum’s and Parrish’s voice compliment each other in a sweet way.

2. lennon and maisy stella cover charli xcx’s “boom clap”.

If there is one thing you’ll quickly learn about me, it’s that I’m a sucker for guilty pleasures. One of my big ones is the show Nashville, starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere (pan-uh-tee-air). On the show YouTube sensations Lennon and Maisy Stell play Rayna James’ (Britton) daughters. Boy, do these girls have some talent. I’m not the biggest fan of this song, but the Stella sister’s sure made it worth my while. If you’ve never heard them sing before, they don’t have the best updated channel, but their videos are definitely worth checking out.

3. skylar astin is the nice jewish boy i should bring home to my parents.

My husband is what I like to call Jew-adjacent (he’s half on his mother’s side). But, thanks to Buzzfeed, now I know who I could quickly replace him with at a moment’s notice. Click the link above to see who you match with.

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4. adult wednesday addams would most definitely be my new best friend.

Wednesday’s feminist game is on point. Nuff said.

5. alan cumming’s “celibacy challenge”.

Actor Alan Cumming’s made this video in response to the FDA’s recent recommendations on ending the lifetime ban on homosexual men from giving blood. Basically, for the last thirty or so years, the FDA wouldn’t allow any man who has had sexual contact with another man to give blood to save others due to a higher risk for HIV infection. This ban was backed up by the lack of scientific evidence to prove otherwise. The update of the ban would merely changes it to state that gay men who have abstained from sex for an entire year would be the only eligible donors, basically still discriminating the majority of homosexual and bisexual men from donating. Source.

Have a great weekend!