10 TV Couples Who Are #RelationshipGoals

There are certain couples throughout television history that just stick with you. Not all for the same reasons, but because they are such adorable, formidable, or amazing couples. These 10 TV couples are ones that, in some way, embody relationship goals:

10. Meredith & Derek (Grey’s Anatomy)

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This is one of the most epic television love stories. Their love story is full of ups and downs and is incredibly confusing, but in the end they triumph over everything and end up together happily in love. They find each other through depression, almost death, relationships with other people, and intense trauma. They love each other more than anyone else and no matter how much they try to make it work with anybody else they always end up back together.

9. Veronica & Piz (Veronica Mars)

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I know, I know Veronica didn’t end up with Piz but she should have. He was kind, smart, went along with her crazy undercover investigation plans, and was always able to have intelligent conversations with her. She had a fun and exciting, yet stable relationship when she was with him.

8. Jim & Pam (The Office)

Jim and Pam! It took them sooooo long but they finally got together. God, their inside jokes were my life. I love how supportive Jim was of Pam’s dreams to do something different with her life and how he encouraged her. They made each other laugh constantly and were always in sync. They were basically kids at heart working together to pull pranks and have fun.

7. Peggy & Sousa (Agent Carter)

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Okayyyyy, so I know this one shouldn’t count because they’re not actually a couple in Agent Carter but I don’t care. They are obviously in love with each other and their relationship in general is simply adorkable. Sousa is pretty much the only guy in the entire office that treats Peggy with respect and knows that she can handle her shit, while also wanting to protect her because he cares about her. Peggy does the same for Sousa, understanding that aside from herself Sousa is probably the best agent in the SSRS. They have each other’s backs and will follow each other into crazy and dangerous situations to prove it.

6. Adam & Kristina (Parenthood)

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I mean, look at them dancing like nerds together.

This couple truly is something to look up to. They have two amazing children and stay married for something like 25 years throughout the series. They love each other so much and are always there to support each other’s crazy dreams, even if it means being tight financially or having to take on more responsibilities. They go through hell and back and never give up or stray, which is a huge accomplishment especially for TV couples. A big reason I loved Parenthood so much is because it felt like a great representation of a large modern-day family and didn’t fill its episodes with unnecessary drama. It is just real life problems and the drama that accompanies those.

5. Chandler & Monica (Friends)

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They’ve known each other for years and have been friends for almost a decade. Not only do the have a great friendship as the base for their relationship, but they accept each other for all their eccentricities. Chandler loves and accepts Monica’s intense need to clean everything to the point that it’s more sterile than a hospital. Monica also loves Chandler’s weird and awesome but sometimes off-kilter sense of humour (although she does make fun of him for it on occasion, in a loving way).

4. Ned & Chuck (Pushing Daisies)

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Guys, come on! He literally brought her back to life. You can’t get any more romantic than that. Yes, it’s crappy that they can’t touch but watching their relationship grow emotionally is so adorable. Plus, Ned makes the most delectable looking pies ever and owns his own pie shop! A successful, motivated man who can make baked goods? Yes please. Then there’s Chuck, who has lived her whole life through the fictional adventures in books. A girl after my own heart, Chuck (or Charlotte, which is her full name) made me believe that nerdy bookish girls can have awesome adventures and fall in love with a ridiculously attractive and kind man. Shhhhhh, I know it’s fictional and has no basis in reality but just let me have this.

3. Lily & Marshall (How I Met Your Mother)

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Lily and Marshall. Holy sweet moly they are a cute couple. When Marshall treats Lily like a princess on her birthday or how Lily supports Marshall’s dream of being an environmental lawyer even though he makes zero money. They’ve been together since university, which is a pretty big deal. They understand each other’s weird needs on a deep level. Plus, lily understand that it’s bacon and then sex, unless of course you can eat bacon during.

2. Rory & Amy (Doctor Who)

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Rorrrrraaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy! I have all the feels with this couple. If you haven’t watched Doctor Who you have no idea what they went through as a couple. Rory literally waited thousands of years for Amy to come back and Amy grew old alone knowing that Rory would come back for her. They are dorky, hilarious, and insanely devoted to each other. Also, who wouldn’t want to have their life travelling around the universe and getting to go on all these incredible adventures together?

1. Brad & Jane (Happy Endings)

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The only way I can describe Brad and Jane is by quoting Penny, because they are “AMAHHHHHZING”. They are everything anyone should ever want. They are super epic weirdos and they are perfect for each other. They not only embrace each other’s weirdness but they do all their weird things together.I honestly just can’t even and must now show you a slew of Brad and Jane gifs so you can see their utter hilarity and amahhhziness.

Like the time they role played in the most hilarious way:

 

or the time Brad got pranked and had stripper glitter stuck all over him so Brad and Jane took advantage of that:
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or the fact that they matched each other’s party grunge vibes when they met and they’ve grown and succeeded together and are even more perfect for each other now:

 

Come on, even they know they’re relationship goals:brad-and-jane-dream-team

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Best Early 2000s Teen TV Shows

I subscribed to Shomi recently and it was both the best and worst decision of my summer. My list to watch on it now consists of probably over 30 television shows. Some of the shows I’ve been streaming on Shomi recently are some great early 2000s throwbacks, which had me reminiscing about some my favourite TV dramas in my early teens. These shows bring back all the feels of those angsty adolescent years. Please excuse the ridiculously cheesy TV trailers, as most early 2000s shows don’t have great previews available on YouTube.

7. Everwood

Kind of cheesy but also kind of great, Everwood is a slow moving small town family drama at its core. I love pretty much any show with small town vibes, so this was a done deal. The show is focused around the Brown family, but mainly Ephram Brown, after his mother dies and they move to the tiny mountain town of Everwood. It features  a young Emily Vancamp  from Revenge and Captain America and Chris Pratt from Parks and Rec and Jurassic Park before they both got really big.

6. Popular

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Oh, Popular. How you took hold of my teen heart. This show was my addiction when I was younger. Set in high school, the show is centred around two girls who hangout in completely opposite social circles and loathe each other but whose parents are getting married and are now being forced together. It’s all about the haves and the have-nots and is definitely a show where you root for the underdog to win the heart of the popular girl/boy.

5. Felicity

Felicity is a naive, slightly off-kilter series set around a girl with very little life experience heading to university. Felicity, the main character, follows (or more accurately, stalks) her high school crush to New York University and in the process ends up finding herself, her passion in life, and love. With felicity sending tapes to her old friend you get some great voice over narration that really brings in those late 90s vibes.

4. Dawson’s Creek

Dawson’s Creek is full of witty fast-paced dialogue and addictive teen angst. You may have to look beyond the fact that no teenager has ever talked like the characters do on this show, but it makes for great on-screen repartee. I also love that it’s set in a small seaside town where everybody knows everybody and thus creates even more drama.

3. One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill, an extremely entertaining but very melodramatic show. I still love it, despite its penchant for over the top conflict. The series follows two brothers, who would never ever call themselves that because one grew up with their father and the wealth that came with him and the other did not. The show is all about their relationship and the relationships of their families and high school friends.

2. Gilmore Girls

Ahhhhhhh. Gilmore Girls you sweet, beautiful, intelligent, smart ladies. This is one of my favourite shows ever. Although, i do have to admit that the sixth and seventh seasons are tough to truck through since everything seems to go awry for the Gilmores. Gilmore Girls is set in the teeny tiny town of Stars Hollow, legit one of the smallest towns I’ve seen on a TV show. The whole series is really focused on mother daughter relationships, and specifically focuses on Lorelai and her daughter Rory’s lives.

1. Veronica Mars

*Drumroll* aaaaaaaand one of my all-time favourite shows, Veronica Mars. I swear I have watched the entire series at least three times and continue to rewatch it every few years. Veronica is a badass sassy mothaf***ka. Sorry, I had to  say that because she is just so incredibly awesome. Veronica goes to Neptune High, a school where you really only fit into one of two groups: the ultra rich kids or invisibles who work for them. Veronica’s father is a private investigator and Veronica works with him to solve cases, while also working in secret to solve her best friend’s murder. Dark and witty, this show is one of the best teen shows ever created.

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If you have any TV shows that I’ve missed, comment below. I love any excuse to watch more TV 😉

Time Travel TV Shows

I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who and anytime I hear about a new, or old, TV show involving time travel that I havent seen I get very excited. I recently started watching Legends of Tomorrow, because not  only does it involve badass warriors time travelling and fighting evil but the main time traveller is none other than Rory from Doctor Who!!! I haven’t seen all of the shows I’m about to suggest but I’m going to rate them in order of my interest in them. Here we go:

1.Doctor Who

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Doctor Who is a classic science-fiction series with a cult following. The Doctor is a ‘Time Lord’, a time-traveling scientist from a far off planet, who travels through time and space in a TARDIS. The TARDIS looks like a police box on the outside but is actually an endlessly large spaceship on the inside. The Doctor, who is quirky and hilarious, travels through time and space with companions that help him get to the root of mysteries and fight evil throughout the universe. The Doctor can also regenerate so every few seasons he regenerates and appears portrayed by a new actor, also choosing a new companion. Don’t be deterred by the intense cheese and bad special effects of the first couple of seasons.

Each season gets better and better, with seasons 5-7 (headed by Matt Smith as Doctor Who) being my favourites. When the doctor regenerates the new season has a new actor playing the doctor, a new companion, and usually an entirely new storyline. That is why in order to get people hooked myself and my fellow Whovians sometimes recommend starting with season 5 to get obsessed and then going back to season 1 to suffer through the low budget.

IMDb: 8.8/10

 

2. Outlander

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After serving as a British Army nurse in World War II, Claire Randall is enjoying a second honeymoon in Scotland with husband Frank, an MI6 officer looking forward to a new career as an Oxford historian. Suddenly, Claire is transported to 1743 and into a mysterious world where her freedom and life are threatened. To survive, she marries Jamie Fraser, a strapping Scots warrior with a complicated past and a disarming sense of humor. A passionate relationship ensues, and Claire is caught between two vastly different men in two inharmonious lives. “Outlander” is adapted from the best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon.

Get ready for some steamy scenes and some beautiful Scottish landscapes. It’s definitely not a fast-paced TV show, so I do find that I sometimes  get slightly distracted during the extremely slow points of the show.

IMDb: 8.5/10

 

3. Being Erica

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Who hasn’t wished, at least once, for the ability to go back in time and do something over? The heroine in this show gets just that. Erica Strange has many regrets in her young life – so many that she’s started a list. But when she shares her list with her therapist, he undertakes an unusual course of treatment: She is transported back in time and given the chance to make different decisions at pivotal moments in her life, based on her knowledge in the present. From first kisses to job interviews, Erica has the chance to completely remake her life or leave things as they are.

Truly Canadian, this show is set in Toronto featuring all Canadian actors. You’ll recognize some Degrassi stars as they frequently guest star. I honestly feel like this is such an underappreciated TV show. I loved watching Erica go back and learn all over again from her past experiences and change her present life, showing that it’s never really too late to make your life better. Plus, it’s set in the book publishing world and that really excited me.

IMDb: 7.5/10

 

4. Legends of Tomorrow

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After seeing what doom the future holds, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter realizes heroes alone are not enough to prevent the impending catastrophe that threatens not only the planet, but all of time itself. Tasked with recruiting both heroes and villains, Rip brings together a ragtag team of divergent talents, which includes Sara Lance, Firestorm, Ray Palmer, Hawkgirl, Hawkman, Captain Cold and Heat Wave.
IMDb: 7.8/10

5. Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles

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At the beginning of the television series, a T-888 using the name Cromartie is sent back to 1999 to kill John. Cameron, a Terminator that John sent back from 2029 to protect his younger self, leaps forward in time with John and Sarah to the year 2007 in order to prevent a delayed Judgement Day once and for all. Now wanted fugitives with the fear of pending leukemia playing on Sarah’s mind, they must also face the reality that other enemies from the future could be after them.
Not super popular, the show only lasted one season. I was a big fan of the show though. I enjoyed that it explored more about Cameron’s character and how if she is an AI can she have true human emotions? I wish it had lasted longer because I feel like it could have been great. Plus, it has Lena Headey pre-ultra fame.
IMDb: 7.7/10

6. Journeyman

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Commuting takes on a whole new meaning for a San Francisco newspaper reporter, Dan Vasser, who unexpectedly finds himself traveling through time to change people’s lives. That’s the good news. The bad news is he has to explain these sudden and unpredictable disappearances to his family (including his young son, who thinks his father’s disappearances are related to magic) and colleagues — and finding himself reunited on his journeys with a long-lost fiancee who was presumed dead cannot be good for his marriage. Or can it?

Although I have not seen this show, it’s been one that I’ve wanted to watch for a while.

IMDb: 8.1/10

 

7. Terra Nova

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In 2149, overdeveloped and polluted Earth is dying. With no way to reverse the damage done to the planet, a group of scientists finds a way to open a fracture in the space-time continuum. This creates a portal to prehistoric Earth, leading to a last-ditch effort to save the human race by correcting mistakes of the past. The Shannon family participates in the 10th pilgrimage to Terra Nova, facing such prehistoric dangers as dinosaurs. The Shannons are also challenged within Terra Nova, as not everyone on the mission has the same intentions to save mankind.

When I heard that Steven Spielberg was producing the show I got very excited and hoped it would be sort of Jurassic Park-esque. Unfortunately, it was mostly just filled with cheese but still in a cool setting. Not horrible, not great.

IMDb: 6.8/10

The Magicians – TV Show Review

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I had been wanting to read The Magicians by Lev Grossman for a while after hearing that it was like a darker, dirtier, and more grown-up version of the Harry Potter series. Unfortunately, after reading reviews of the series and hearing about it from the book obsessed people close to me I was very skeptical as the consensus seemed to be negative. So, when Syfy released that they were turning it into a TV show that was the perfect solution for me! I still get to dive into this world of magic where people are learning to master spells at a university for magic, but in smaller chunks and with less of a commitment. Watching it on television is also nice because whenever I read magical books I always dream of the day I can watch them on screen.

Characters Margo, Julia, and Penny

Since I have not read the books I won’t be able to comment on any changes from book to screen or compare the tone of whether the show is better than the books. I’m just going to focus on how much I’m enjoying the show. For real though, this show has me completely hooked so far. The first two episodes start out by slowly introducing our main characters, Quentin and Julia, pulling them into the world of magic while still leaving us with loads of questions about their past and their relationship. I find the slow yet intriguing pace of the show quite refreshing, as it’s rare nowadays for shows not to have an episodic layout when produced for a cable network. The pacing of the show allows for multiple character storylines to be explored more deeply and for a very dark and mysterious overarching plot to be laid out.

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Characters Alice, Quentin, and Eliot

The characters are complex and are being created in shades of grey rather than just good or evil, which I enjoy as it’s more realistic. The characters you root for make mistakes and don’t always do the kind or even smart thing. Also, I just like the intense awkwardness of Quentin’s character and the girl he befriends at magic school, Alice. My god they are major adorable awksauce together. Defs ship them.

My favourite favourite FAVOURITE thing about the show though has to be the crazy cool gestures the characters use to cast spells. The show’s creators went all out and intensely researched ‘finger tutting’, which involves making geometric shapes and sharp angles with your hands and arms to imitate Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. The creators of The Magicians hired ‘finger tutting’ experts to create an entire language from ‘finger tutting’ specifically for spell casting on the show. So freaking cool, right?! I may or may not have been trying to imitate their hand movements… Haha.

So far I’m loving it and I’m just hoping this trend continues.

Rating: 4.5/5

Interested yet? Well, here is the trailer:

 

 

September TV Show Series Premiere Reviews

Limitless

My Rating: 8.5/10

IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

For Fans Of: Sherlock, ElementaryBlacklist, and Scorpion

I enjoyed the movie version of Limitless and was looking forward to seeing a weekly TV version of the starring Jake McDorman (from Greek) and Jennifer Carpenter (from Dexter), with guest appearance by Bradley Cooper. If you’re a fan of shows featuring a genius who helps solve crimes, like Sherlock and Elementary, then you’ll love Limitless. The beginning of the episode plays out almost exactly the same as the beginning of the movie did, so that was slightly unoriginal, but that was really my only disappointment from this. I enjoyed McDorman’s humour and the voice-over conversations he had with himself that help explain his train of thought.

SCREAM QUEENS

My Rating: 8.25/10

IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

For Fans Of: American Horror Story and Scream

I really enjoyed Scream Queens. It was so insanely weird and creepy and funny. Be warned though, this isn’t a serious horror TV show but is instead a fantastic satire. There is definitely some gore in this, so make sure you have a strong stomach. This premiere especially reminded me of the American Horror Story: Coven season with the the uber bitchy but funny lines. The show also left me guessing as to who is the killer and what the motive is behind the killings, which I enjoyed since that is usually pretty easy to figure out. My one worry for the show is that, since quite a few characters died in the first episode, I’m not sure how much lasting potential the show has and how they’re going to continue with other seasons. The only way I could see that working is if they turned it into an anthology series, like AHS.

Blindspot

My Rating: 6/10

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

For Fans Of: Blacklist, Kyle XY, and Person of Interest

This was one of the shows I was most excited about. I love Jaimie Alexander (from Thor and Kyle XY) and I was intrigued about the idea of her having no memory, but being covered in tattoos that are all clues. Unfortunately, I was sadly disappointed by this premiere. Jaimie Alexander’s performance and the curiosity of wanting to find out her story were the only things I enjoyed about the show. The male FBI agent that she gets paired up with is the typical macho growly-voiced man, spouting off one-liners in the vein of CSI: Miami (ugh, I know right?). All the action was way too predictable and there were far too many coincidences that left me scoffing and rolling my eyes.

P.S. The second episode was even worse than the first. Yes, I gave it a second shot. I’m definitely done with this show now.

Minority Report

My Rating: 6.5/10

IMDB Rating: 6.1/10

For Fans Of: Almost Human, Caprica, and Continuum

I was a big fan of the movie version of this TV show and was excited to be watching a show again that was set in the future. The trailer makes the show look quite cheesy, and I’m glad I went into the show with that mindset because it was super cheeseballs. I did enjoy the futuristic setting and I liked that they didn’t do it exactly the same as Minority Report. They have instead set it after Pre-Crime has been abolished and the three children who could see the future murders (called pre-cogs) have now kind of gone into hiding. It was interesting and kind of entertaining, but followed the stereotypical procedural drama script. Oh and the main detective lady’s outfits were all about the boob. Like we get it, she has large lady lumps. Honestly, was she wearing a push-up bra while running? Can you not.

Quantico

My Rating: 8.5/10

IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

For Fans Of: Grey’s Anatomy, Cover Affairs, and How To Get Away With Murder

I’m totally addicted to this after one episode. It reminds me of Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder a lot. Newbies coming to the FBI training centre who have to work and live together while hiding all these secrets. Plus there’s a bombing that one of them is behind? Sign me up. I just love how many characters there are and storylines they have to explore. It also seems like they all have interesting backgrounds to their characters, which I like. So much happened in the first episode, and yet you still know almost nothing about the bombing or who these people really are. I’m very intrigued. Not exactly amazing acting, but it will definitely be a guilty pleasure must-watch for me.

Like This… Try These – 10 Things I Hate About You

I was recently talking to a friend about some of my favourite high school RomComs similar to 10 Things I Hate About You and she hadn’t seen quite a few of them. So I’ve decided to share some of my fave RomComs set in high school in the late 90s and early 2000s. If you ever just want a feel-good cute and hilarious romantic movie then these will definitely do the trick. I’ve also linked all the trailers at the bottom, after my little graphic, so that you can check them out a bit more if you’ve never seen them. Also, don’t prejudge the trailers because they are pretty bad and the movies themselves are much better.

High school Rom Coms in the Late 90s and early 2000s

10 Things I Hate About You

Get Over It

Bring It On

She’s All That

Never Been Kissed

Whatever It Takes

Drive Me Crazy

Liebster Award

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The wonderful Literature Life nominated me for the Liebster Award earlier this week, which is very exciting since It’s my first nomination. The award is designed to help people discover new bloggers, which I think is a wonderful way to show blogger support.

THE RULES

  • Link back to the person that nominated you
  • Answer the questions given by the nominator
  • Nominate new bloggers (with less than 200 followers)
  • Come up with 11 questions for them to answer
  • Notify your nominees

I Nominate:

Once Upon A Bookshelf

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QUESTIONS FROM AMY

1. Where is your favourite reading spot?

My favourite reading spot would have to be cozied up in bed. I have tons of pillows and can create a little pillow and blanket castle for myself.

2. How long does it tend to take you to read an average length novel?

If I’m really into a book I will usually finish it in one night, but when I’m in school I usually only read 1-2 books per week.

3. Ebooks or hard copies?

Hard Copies!! I work in a bookstore and am therefore a huge advocate for physical books. I also just love the feeling of a book, the smell of a book, and conversations started by people seeing what book I’m reading. Even when I go travelling I love love love physical books.

4. Where is your favourite book store in the world?

I should say Chapters Indigo (which I do love), because I work there…. but I really really love Powell’s Books in Portland. It’s so huge!!! I went there for the first time this fall and only had enough time to spend 3 hours there, but I would have spent all day there if I could. I’m also  huge fan of Shakespeare and Co. bookshops, and have been to one in Prague, Vienna, Paris, and London.

5. What is your favourite book to (film/TV/stage/game) adaptation?

This will probably be my longest answer since it combines all my biggest obsessions and I can’t just choose one. The first few Harry Potter movies of course! The later ones I still adored, obvs, but didn’t stick to the storyline quite as well. I also really loved The Fault in Our Stars adaptation of John Green’s novel and am super excited for Paper Towns this summer as I slightly adore Nat Wolff since the movie Stuck in Love . Also, can I just say that the music in the Paper Towns trailer is tops! I recently watched The Duff, and I actually enjoyed it better than the book. It was funnier, and I understood the main character’s relationship choices more in the movie. Mae Whitman, who plays the main character in The Duff, is amazing and hilarious and perfectly awkward for the role (She was also in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Parenthood). Last, but not least, Game of Thrones!! It is one of the most epic TV shows I have ever watched, and this current season (which is the 5th) is going to be bringing in story lines that are no longer in the books!

6. What was the last book you found yourself not able to finish?

Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern. I found myself getting frustrated and kind of disgusted by the  lack of empathy shown by the main character, Lillian, for the issues her friend, Penny, is going through. She doesn’t seem to care that Penny is in an abusive relationship and has been conditioned into her submissive mentality, and just constantly mentions how annoying Penny is. Then she just goes back to being in love with her best friend Josh, like her friend hasn’t completely run away from her messed up life. I know that Lillian is only 18 and might not have as much understand on the subject of abuse, but her whole nonchalant-blaming-the-victim attitude was just too much for me and I had to stop reading it.

7. Have you ever met any of your favourite authors?

Yes! Working at Chapters I was able to work book events for Evangeline Lilly, John Cleese, Chris Guillebeau and Martin Short. I also went to a book talk and signing for Holly Black and Cassandra Clare a few years ago, which was amazing and hilarious. Cassandra told us a story about having her friend lock her in the trunk of a car and drive around town so that she could get the proper descriptions for a scene in her Mortal Instruments series.

8. If you weren’t a book blogger (or bookish at all), what would you spend your spare time doing?

Aside from hanging out with people i would probably be baking, crafting, and watching lots of TV and movies. I love being creative and doing DIY projects. I’m super excited for when the time comes that I move out and can find free and creative ways to decorate my place entirely with DIY projects. I’ve been a huge baker since I was a wee one and have signed up to take buttercream cake decorating classes at Michael’s craft store in May. So excited!!

9. What was your favourite book of 2014?

My favourite book of 2014 was probably a tie between Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas and I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.

10. What are you most looking forward to reading in the rest of 2015?

Oh how to choose? Here are a few…

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1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – October 2015

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story-but far, far more monsters. It’s the real story of the fanfiction that Cath was writing about in Fangirl!!!

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2. The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick – Out Now

The book has four interlocking stories that chronicle creation, obsession, and madness from the Paleolithic era all the way into our future in space. It makes stops in every American Horror Story’s favorite places: the witch hunts and a 1920s asylum, but the story defies expectations on every single page.

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3. Mosquitoland by David Arnold – Out Now

A young girl who hops a bus from Mississippi to Ohio to visit her sick mother, and who, like other great literary road-trippers, learns a whole lot about herself along the way. Arnold has already been chosen with nine other debut novelists for the ABA Indies New Voices list, and that’s not an honor given lightly, so it’s definitely a book to keep your eye on.

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4. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – September 2015

The 4th book in the Throne of Glass series!!

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5. An Ember in the Ashes by Sahaa Tahir – Out Now

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom.

 

11. If you were (or are) a writer, which genre of books would you write?

Probably contemporary young adult fiction because I suck at creating new worlds from my imagination and would need to pull a lot from real life, but I am no way at all ever going to be a writer.

MY 11 QUESTIONS

1. What are some books that you re-read frequently?

2. What are three 2015 books that you love the cover design of? (Make sure to add pictures)

3. What is your favourite beverage to drink while reading?

4. What book to screen adaptation are you most excited for in 2015?

5. Who are your favourite book boyfriends?

6. What lessons have books taught you?

7. If you could only pick 1 genre to read forever, which one would it be and why?

8. What time of day do you do the most reading?

9. What are your ‘guilty pleasure’ books to read?

10. What is your favourite book series of all-time?

and borrowing this one from Amy because I love it…

11. What books are you most excited to read in 2015?

Hope you enjoy! And make sure to go and checkout the blogs I nominated and follow them if you enjoy their style 🙂

 

Suggestions for the Sherlock Holmes Obsessed

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My friends and I all seem to be quite obsessed with everything Sherlock Holmes, and rightly so. I mean a brooding, and usually handsome, genius who has a sly and sarcastic wit. I wanted to create a post to give a few movie, book, and television suggestions for people like me who love anything related to Sherlock Holmes.

Most of you probably already watch Sherlock, but I do still have to put it in here because it is the best of the best if you’re Sherlock Holmes obsessed.

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Then of course there are the Sherlock Holmes movies starring Robert Downey Jr., who was basically made for the role of Sherlock Holmes. His version of Sherlock Holmes is eerily similar to Iron Man in portrayal, which makes sense. They are both weird, slightly mad geniuses with huge egos. Plus Rachel McAdams is in it! I do so love her. Although I don’t think she fits the role of Irene Adler very well. Noomi Rapace, of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Prometheus fame, plays a sort of gypsy in Sherlock Holmes: A Games of Shadows.

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There is also the new American TV version of Sherlock Holmes called Elementary. It stars Lucy Liu as a female version of Dr. Watson and Johnny Lee Miller as a recovering drug addict version of Sherlock Holmes. It’s honestly not fantastic, it just doesn’t have the same kind of intelligence to it as the previously mentioned movie and TV show. You can usually tell where the plot is going and who did the crime. It’s more of a stereotypical procedural crime drama with the Sherlock name attached. All that said, it’s still an entertaining show if you go into thinking of it more as an American detective show and not as much as Sherlock Holmes.

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Now, onto wonderfully Young Adult book suggestions for Sherlock lovers. I recently started reading The Stoker and Holmes series by Colleen Gleason. A wonderful and addictive series that revolves around Bram Stoker’s sister and Sherlock Holmes’ niece working with Irene Adler to solve crimes in a steampunk version of 19th century London. It is a quick and easy read, entertaining, with an interesting plot. The characters are not incredibly well developed, and the scenery could be more descriptive since the hints of it that I read just left me wanting to get a better visual of this interesting world. I still found the series very interesting and am whipping through the second book right now.

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Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate.

Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.

Another book that I have not read yet, but am very excited for, is Every Breath by Ellie Marney. I can’t say much on this one, because I have not started it yet, except that it seems like a cheesy but enjoyable young adult novel about a modern day teenage Sherlock Holmes and female Watson.

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Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics. Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally.

 

P.S. Not so much Sherlock Holmes related, but if you like books about crime solving teenagers with crazy abilities of deduction then you will love The Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. The first two books are out and I’ve read them both and loved them. Both would get 4.5/5

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Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

Like This? Try These… Skins (UK)

Ever since my trip to London at age 13 I’ve been mildly obsessed with British pop culture. If we’re honest, I’m sure most people would agree that British TV shows are usually much better than American shows (Well, until HBO, Showcase, and Netflix started creating original programming). I remember being in high school and streaming any British show I could find online, and this was in the time when online stream versions of shows could be someone literally filming their television *gasp*. I’ve found a lot of people have recently discovered the TV show Skins because of Netflix and wanted to give a few suggestions for other fantastic UK shows that revolve around young adults. So, here are a few shows that I adored, which you might as well if you enjoyed Skins.

P.S. The American version of Skins is atrocious, don’t watch it….

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Like This? Try These…. Arrow

Sometimes you just want to imagine that it’s possible that maybe someday someone will be able to fly, or run faster than the speed of light, or lift up a car with their bare hands. Being able to escape into a reality so unlike our own, but just similar enough that you can imagine its possibility can bring excitement. Fantasy, science fiction, and superheroes can have adrenaline rushing back into a day that was previously filled with checking emails and scrolling endlessly through an addictive, yet depressing Facebook newsfeed. These are some of the reasons that I love TV so much, especially the magical and fantastical TV shows that pull me out of my own reality into one that is filled with adventure, villains, and heroes.

Superhero movies have always been some of my favourites to watch over and over, and now with special effects improving drastically over the past 20 years film makers have been able to bring big screen action to the small screen. In honour of my intense love of superheroes, here are a few shows you can watch on the small screen to satisfy your appetite for epic villain vs. hero battles.

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Although this next show might not necessarily be classified in the superhero genre, I feel like it has enough in common with the superhero style to qualify as an extra. Kyle XY is about a teenage boy who is found naked and wandering around the city, with no idea of who he is, where he came from, or how to interact with people (and he has no belly button). He is quickly picked up and taken to a youth facility where he meets a psychologist who realizes he is not a normal child. Kyle is then taken in by the psychologist and her family to learn and adapt to life as a ‘normal’ teenager, while trying to discover where he came from. As the series goes on you discover more and more dark secrets and conspiracies, and learn that Kyle might not be a normal human……. Intrigued yet?

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