Though my blog is a book blog, I’d also like to consider it a blog for sources of entertainment in general! I’m branching out to movies and TV shows, and then we’ll see about music. Here’s my entertainment haul for June/July 2019.
I own an absurd amount of books, many which have been borrowed or gifted or thrifted, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t buy books. In fact, I could probably pay for my own college tuition if not for my book addiction. I got all of these books in separate ways: Barnes and Noble, Thrift Books’ online store, Half Price Books, antique shops, etc. Sometimes you can find the best stuff in the strangest places!
I’m also a movie and TV addict, so I threw in a few movies and shows I’ve been binging, too. If you have any movie/TV recommendations for Amazon Prime or Netflix, let me know!
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
I’ve heard so many good things about this (Assassin nuns in 15th-century Britain? Sign me up!) and I finally, finally picked it up at Half Price Books. I’ve been slowly picking my way through this book, and there have already been several plot twists.
Grave Mercy follows Ismae, who escaped her arranged marriage by fleeing to a convent that specializes in training women to be assassins following the will of Mortain, the god of death. Three years later, she finds herself embedded into the high court of Brittany, where she’s instructed to deliver the vengeance of Death upon a target—a target who now has her loyalty, and she fears her heart.
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
I read this book a few years ago, loved it, forgot about it, and stumbled upon it in Half Price Books again on sale for even less than the half that’s advertised, so of course, I had to get it! It’s dark and brooding and suspenseful, and so goth I would consider it Victorian-era if not for modern technology, slang, and casual teenage innuendos.
A year after the mysterious death of Beatrice’s boyfriend, Jim, she’s returning to Wincroft, where she spent most of her time during high school, for the sole purpose of finding out answers: what happened to Jim, and how did her friends play a role in it? But when a man knocks on the door, announcing that time has become “stuck” and that their only way out is by making one of the hardest decisions they could. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers, and at life. And thus begins Neverworld Wake.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
I picked up Eleanor and Park so many times at the library that I figured that I would just cave in and buy it. Rainbow Rowell’s books are raw and unforgiving, and Eleanor and Park is not an exception. If you're looking for a contemporary that will force you to take a breath in shock, this is the book.
Eleanor: red hair, mismatched clothes, huge family, huger body. She makes everything seems drabber and flatter when she’s not there. Park: half Asian, half Irish, rock star and comic nerd. He has a normal life and a normal family and everything that Eleanor positively doesn’t. Together: they know that they won’t ever last, but they’re desperate enough to try.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
It’s won eight Emmys, so I knew it would be good, but I didn’t know it would be this good. I finished one season in six days (lack of social life, much?) and laughed and cried through the entire thing.
The show follows Midge Maisel, a Jewish housewife in 1950s New York City with a good life…until her husband leaves her for his secretary, and her entire life is thrown upside down. Suddenly, she finds herself drunk in a club bashing on him, and the entire audience cracking up because she’s funny and spunky and spontaneous. So she decides to try to make a living out of it. And the rest is history!
Stranger Things 3
Unless you live under a rock, the world has been going absolutely insane for the release of Stranger Things 3, and it did not disappoint. (*Spoiler warning!*)
I absolutely loved this season, probably more than I loved the others. Yes, it was dark and kind of freaky and I might have cried at the end, but it was so intricate and probably the closest a show could get to a book. Every detail was planned out, and the season ended on a huge cliffhanger! I cannot wait for season 4!
Spiderman: Far From Home
I. Love. Marvel. And Spiderman is my favorite superhero, so… I obviously had to watch it with all of my friends the day that it came out! It was so much fun and different from Spiderman: Homecoming. It follows Peter Parker as he goes on a class trip to Europe, where he encounters monsters from another dimension called Elementals. He teams up with Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio, who is working with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. to combat these monsters.
FFH probably had the best ending that Marvel has ever had, in my opinion. Make sure you stay for both of the after-credits scenes! They’re important parts that will lead into the new Marvel universe.
This was by far the sweetest and most fun source of entertainment for me. Yesterday is about an aspiring singer who, when hit by a bus during a power outage, is seemingly the only person left who remembers the band The Beatles. It follows his journey as he grapples with the realization that it’s important for him to share their music while also following his struggle through fame and money. I wasn’t expecting it to be so funny and witty, so if you’re looking for a laugh, I highly recommend!
So there you have it! I’m looking forward to the release of season five of Poldark, season three of Victoria, Downton Abbey (the movie), and Where’d You Go, Bernadette.
If you have any more suggestions, throw them at me! I’m always looking for something to add to my TBR/TBW!