Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2018

Happy Tuesday and Merry Christmas everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is  New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2018.  I read a lot of great authors that would fit this category, but I've somehow managed to narrow it down to just ten.  Here we go, in alphabetical order by name:

What new-to-you authors did you read for the first time in 2018?  Have you ever read anyone on my list this week?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Music Monday: The Interrupters & Anderson East

Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.


Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

Happy Monday everyone!  This week I'm sharing a couple more songs I really enjoyed hearing on the radio last year.  I recently heard both The Interrupters - She's Kerosene and Anderson East - Girlfriend again and it totally reminded me of how much I loved them. 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday Funday: Favorites Movies Of 2018

Happy Sunday everyone!  Today, I thought I'd share with you some of the favorite movies I watched in 2018.  The first half of my list features movies released in 2018 and the second half are movies I watched for the first time in 2018 with each section in alphabetical order by title.  The titles are linked to their Letterboxd page or my Letterboxd review.

2018 Movie Releases:

Avengers: Infinity War - I gotta admit it, I loved every second of this spectacle!  Well, except for you know what... I'm still getting choked up just thinking about that ending!

Black Panther - Hands down one of the best MCU movies out there - I'd love to get to see it on the big screen again!

Crazy Rich Asians - I didn't expect to fall in love with this rom-com nearly as I did, but I loved it.  I actually preferred the movie to the novel!

The Hate U Give - This movie is both fantastic as a film and pretty great as an adaptation.  Amandla Stenberg does a marvelous job leading the film as Starr, and the supporting cast do wonderful job as well, especially Russell Hornsby and Regina Hall.  When you see this, you'll want to have a box of tissues ready.

Hereditary - This movie is incredibly intense, darkly terrifying, and physically and emotionally draining. That said I highly recommend being brave and seeing it for yourself - the less you know going in the better. Think The Conjuring, The Babadook, and The Witch, meets Rosemary's Baby.  Also, I have a feeling you'll love this if you also loved The Haunting of Hill House!

Love, Simon - The novel that this is based on is one of my all time favorites and the adaptation does a marvelous job of bringing Simon's world to life.  If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it whether you've read the novel or not.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout - It's not often that you can say your favorite movie in a franchise is the sixth installment.  It has all the best elements of everything I've come to love in this series.

A Quiet Place - A truly unique and effective horror movie.  I loved the use of sound, silence and ASL.

Searching - I didn't know what to expect with this mystery/ thriller, but I loved the style.  Plus, John Cho is always great.

Won't You Be My Neighbor? - I honestly didn't expect for this documentary about the life of Fred Rogers to be one of my favorite new movies of 2018.  Either way, I can't recommend it enough.

New-To-Me Movies 2018:

Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017) - This is a really cool action fantasy film that follows a team of three Guardians of the Afterlife as they escort a recently deceased firefighter through the seven trials of the afterlife.  I just watched the sequel, Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018) yesterday and it was also pretty fantastic, but since I watched it in 2019 it just missed the cut for my list.  Anyway, I can't wait to see the forthcoming third and forth movies in this series. (Korean)

Bahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) - I loved both movies in this action packed historical fantasy musical set in Ancient India, but the finale was the best. (Telugu/ Hindi - I saw the Hindi version)

Chinatown (1974) - I'm glad the Letterboxd Season Challenge finally gave me the chance to watch this neo-noir classic.  Jack Nicholson is at his best here, the cinematography is stunning, and the soundtrack is a recent favorite.

Ex Machina (2014) - The Letterboxd Season Challenge pushed me to watch this sci-fi movie which I had been putting off for some reason.  Anyway, I absolutely loved it from the cast (Domhnal Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac), the cinematography, the suspense, and soundtrack.  Plus, that dance scene might have become a new favorite.

The Fall (2006) - This was also part of my Letterboxd Season Challenge and if you haven't already seen it I can't recommend it enough!  The storytelling, the visuals and cinematography, the characters, the soundtrack, and the acting are all marvelous.  You can never go wrong with Lee Pace, in my opinion.  Anyway, it's become a new all-time favorite movie.

Heathers (1988) - Somehow I had never seen this black comedy, but thanks to the Letterboxd Season Challenge I finally gave it a try.  I can now officially say I've never seen anything quite like it before - and I don't think anyone will ever be as cool as Winona Ryder's Veronica or Christian Slater's J.D.

Hero (2002) - I had been eyeing this wuxia movie at the library for the longest time before I picked it up for the Letterboxd Season Challenge.  The action scenes are stunning and I particularly loved the use of color throughout the movie.  (Mandarin)

M (1931) - Peter Lorre is one of my favorite actors and I'm glad I finally took the plunge and watched this classic thriller for the Letterboxd Season Challenge.  Lorre looks so young here in his first major starring role, but he certainly gives a powerhouse performance as a serial killer.  It's amazing to see just how influential this movie is to the industry. (German)

A Royal Affair (2012) - I'd had this movie starring Alicia Vikander and Mad Mikkleson on my watchlist for a while, but I resolved to watch it as a part of the Lettereboxd Season Challenge as well.  Anyway, it's an absolute gem and it's based on real life Danish history. (Danish)

Train to Busan (2016) - One of the best zombie movies I have ever seen.  Dong-seok Ma, the actor behind my favorite character Sang-hwa, also appears in the Along with the Gods movies and has a major role in the sequel. (Korean)

What movies, tv shows, and book adaptations did you love in 2018?  Have you seen any of the movies on my list?  If so, what did you think of them?  What movies are you looking forward to seeing in 2019?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews + 50/50 Friday

On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.

This week I'm spotlighting my current #JanJamJar (a monthly challenge hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches for Devour Your TBR) read, A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews (aka Paper Fury!).  I'm not that far into yet, but she can really write (though we already knew that)!


What he wants most in the world is to cut of his own hands.


He's done a thousand contests and concerts and exams and lessons.  He knows how it plays out.

50/50 Friday: Best/ Worst Audiobook

Worst - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Narrated by George Newburn - I loved the film adaptation and I decided to listen to the story on audio, but unfortunately the narrator was subpar. 

Best - You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes, Narrated by Santino Fontana - This was a difficult decision, but Fontana's performance of this novel is absolutely brilliant.  He makes Joe sound very charming and likable, when he isn't being an absolute psycho which is all the time.

What are you reading this weekend?  Have you read any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

String City by Graham Edwards (ARC) - Review

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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It’s a tough job being a gumshoe in an interdimensional city full of gods, living concepts and weirder things. Good thing I’m a stringwalker, able to jump between realities. It started when I was hired to investigate an explosion at a casino. A simple heist, I thought, but it turned into a race to stop the apocalypse. So I rolled the dice, and now I’m up against the ancient Greek Titans, an interdimensional spider god and a mysterious creature known as the Fool. I’m going to need more than just luck to solve this one. If I fail, all things—in all realities—could be destroyed. Just another day in String City.

String City by Graham Edwards has such a cool premise as a sci-fi, urban fantasy, neo-noir. There's so much to see and the world-building of the titular city is absolutely fantastic. It's incredibly visual and it's easy to imagine everything. I wasn't all that interested in any of the characters, but I did appreciate the main character's dialogue and style. I mean, I can't resist someone who sounds like they'd fit perfectly in a Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler story. Plus, that character also has a versatile coat that I think Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab could really appreciate. This could have been a solidly entertaining four star romp, but unfortunately at times it's disjointed and confusing to keep all of the interdimensional hoping and the like straight.

Overall, String City by Graham Edwards has a lot of potential and is quite unique. Edwards's world-building skills are the standout of the novel. It's a lot of fun to see all of the weird things living together in the city. If you're a fan of The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, I expect you'll like this as well.

I read this ARC from January 7 - 9, 2019 and my review is also on GoodreadsSting City by Graham Edwards will be released on March 5, 2019.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half Of 2019

Happy Tuesday and Merry Christmas everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half Of 2019.  Here we go, in order of release date:

The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson - Release date: 3/12/19 - I received an ARC from NetGalley and I can't wait to get to this historical fantasy from the author behind Ms. Marvel.

The Perfect Assassin (The Chronicles of Ghadid #1) by K. A. Doore - Release date: 3/14/19 - Debut epic fantasy with assassins?  I'm already sold - luckily for me I've received an ARC via NetGalley!

Shades of Magic, Vol. 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab - Release date: 4/30/19 - Of course I need this graphic novel featuring young Maxim Maresh (Rhy's father) from Shades of Magic universe.

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire - Release date: 5/7/19 - I managed to get approved for an ARC via NetGalley and I can't wait to read it.  It truly sounds like it will be awesome!

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding - Release date: 5/10/19 - This sounds like a deliciously creepy mystery thriller.  Plus, the main character has the same first name as me and I'm always ready for that!  I'm thrilled to say that I've also been approved for an ARC via NetGalley.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal - Release date: 5/14/19 - Hands down this is one of my most anticipated YA debuts of 2019!

Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare - Release date: 6/4/19 - I'm always read for more from this world to be honest.

War of the Bastards (Royal Bastards #3) by Andrew Shvarts - Release date: 6/4/19 - I've loved the first two books in this series and I can't wait to see what happens here!

Dark Age (Red Rising Saga #5) by Pierce Brown - Release date: 7/9/19 - Gee whiz, talk about need!

Sword and Pen (The Great Library #5) by Rachel Caine - Release date: 7/9/19 - Honestly, I don't know if I can wait this long.  I have to admit, I'm really scared for Jess and company!

What books are you looking forward to in 2019?  Are you looking forward to any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!