What I'm Watching, Reading & Listening to #9

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Another month, another round-up of all my favorite pop culture indulgences. Got any recommendations for me? Head on over to my Facebook and let me know!


Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Okay, so I casually watched this show when I was in middle school. I remember enjoying it. I remember falling in love with SMG from it, but that was about it. I'm four seasons in and oh my god, this show is goddamn iconic. I'm obsessed with every little aspect of it. I still have about eighty episodes and four seasons of Angel to watch and I'm already missing it. Obviously, a show about a vampire slayer seems a little lame, but really, that aspect just highlights what a bad ass Buffy is. It's about friendship, heartbreak, over coming situations beyond your control while also dealing with morality. It's a surprisingly heavy show.

Bates Motel
Bates Motel is one of the most underrated television shows. There hasn't been a show since Breaking Bad that has moved me like Bates Motel has. It's based on Norman Bates from Psycho, but completely different, modern, and young Norman. It's dark, it's funny, it's heartbreaking, and it's down right fucking weird. The show handles mental illness, love, and murder in a truly fascinating way. The cast is phenomenal and I have no idea why this show never got bigger. The series finale just aired and I bawled my eyes out. It was one of the best finales, ever. There are only five seasons, go watch, and be upset that you missed out in real time.

13 Reasons Why
I've always been really into depressing YA novels so naturally, I read this book when it came out forever ago. I never imagined it would become a Netflix series, but boy am I glad it did. The show took some creative liberties and I'm okay with almost all of them. The show is about a girl who commits suicide and creates thirteen tapes as to why. She gives them to a friend to share with all the "reasons" why. The reasons are people. It's heartbreaking and certainly not as easy watch. But it's important and a gentle reminder to be more aware.

Somehow I didn't hear about this show until the second season. It stars Gillian Jacobs and was created by Judd Apatow. Basically, a dream team. It's a modern taken on romance and being a general fuck-up. It's funny. It's well written and it'll make your head and heart hurt.

Famous In Love
This is the new show from the creator of Pretty Little Liars. It's about a college girl who gets a movie role of a lifetime on accident. Her world is completely changed as do all of her relationships. Her life is spiraling out of her control while she tries to fit into her new life. It's full of cliches and pretty dresses. Nothing super great, but I certainly enjoyed it.


Big Little Lies
Okay, so, I actually watched the television show before I read the book. I'm not usually down for that, but I love Adam Scott so, I dove in. The show was a murder mystery with a star studded cast and a unique form of storytelling. You know there's a murder, but you don't know who until the finale. Talk about suspense. The television show had some minor changes from the book, but overall, I thought they were both intriguing and well done. Read and watch.

I read my first Stephen King novel. I found a list of the best non-movie Stephen King books. This was the shortest on the list, so I picked it. It was a little slow, but it was just as creepy and well written as I imagined. I have another King novel to read next. I'm excited to dig into his catalog.


Paramore -- Hard Times

I'm absolutely obsessed with this fun 80's pop inspired dream of a song. I'll be listening on repeat until the record comes out next month.

Eleanor by Jason Gurley
A tale that intertwines the past and the present to create a powerful story of redemption, loss, and fantasy. This book is heartbreaking and beautifully written. Gurley spent thirteen years working on this novel and that's evident from the very first sentence. I got lost in the world he created and I didn't want the novel to end.

**I received this book from Blogging For Books. But all opinions are my own**
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