Netflix & Books: Book tag

Since it’s February 14, also known as Valentine’s Day for some, it seemed like the perfect time to answer the Netflix & Books book tag.13908546I mean, what’s better than spending the day ranting about some of my favorite tv shows, which – fun fact – I can do for hours, so proceed with caution.

Rules

  • Choose a book or book series that best matches the prompt provided.
  • Feel free to change the TV show if you’d like it to reflect YOUR preferences!
  • A blank set of the prompts is located at the very bottom.
  • Link back to the creators, Christy at Novel Ink and Lauren at Bookmark Lit, and tag some friends to join in!

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The questions:

1. Skam: best cast of characters/friendships.

It’s no secret by now that Skam is my all-time favorite show (see: December Wrap Up & Skam Book Tag | Original). And one of the main reasons it remains so stubbornly stuck in my mind is because of the profound connections formed between each and every one of these characters. It is truly unlike anything I’ve seen on television before.

So comparing it to a book wasn’t an easy job, but eventually the leading ladies from The Lunar Chronicles popped into my mind… meridiangray2Art (C) Meridian Gray

Over the course of this series, Cinder, Winter, Iko, Scarlet and Cress bond over this otherworldly shared mission they have to complete. And I was living anytime they were together in a scene. It was rare, but when it occurred I was practically on cloud nine.

Also, like this post said best:

2. This Is Us: best family or parents.

This show remains truly one of the most inspiring ones I’ve seen that tackles family ties, love, sibling rivalry, racism, body image, grief and so much more. Real talk, there’s not even one character in the Pearson family that I don’t adore in some way or other. They all have their quirks and flaws that make me love them individually.

So to pick something with a similar dynamic, I decided to go with The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. the-strange-and-beautiful-sorrows-of-ava-lavender-bookspoilsThe book follows three generations of women individually, and I was swept into their whimsical tales. I especially loved Emilienne – the grandmother – because of how real she felt to me, particularly after this:

“Simply put, Emilienne was merely more sensitive to the outside world than other people. As such, she was able to catch on to things that others missed. While to some a dropped spoon might indicate a need to retrieve a clean one, to Emilienne it meant that her mother should put the kettle on for tea — someone was coming to visit. An owl hoot was an omen of impending unhappiness. A peculiar noise heard three times at night meant death was near. To receive a bouquet was a tricky one since it depended on the flowers — blue violets said, I’ll always be true, but a striped carnation, Sorry, I can’t be with you. And while this gift proved useful at times, it could also make things quite confusing for young Emilienne. She struggled to distinguish between signs she received from the universe and those she conjured up in her head.”

I’m just really fond of family sagas that focus mainly on the women. Which is also why Nadja Spiegelman’s spell-binding and moving memoir, I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This, became another immediate addition to my favorites.I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This-- bookspoils

P.S. I light up anytime Beth Pearson appears in a scene.

3. Orange is the New Black: couldn’t stop reading.

In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero fits like a glove for this question.Diane Guerrero, who plays Maritza Ramos on the Netflix series, has written one of the most raw and heart-wrenching memoirs I’ve read as of late. Even months and months after, I cannot stop replaying some of the vividly written scenes from this read. It’s truly one of the most memorable memoirs for me.

P.S. The release date for OITNB season five was announced recently, so I know what I’m counting down for.

4. Grey’s Anatomy: all the feels.

This show has been in my life for almost a decade, which I still find mind-boggling. So to answer this question, I wanted a read that captured that same feeling the show creates of being completely sucked into a character’s life and getting to forget about your own issues. And a fairly recent read popped into my head: Motherest by Kristen Iskandrian, particularly the second part, when the focus is on the main character and the journey she has to go through almost all alone. motherest-bookspoilsThe main theme being explored in it remains an increasingly fascinating topic for me to delve into while reading, especially in regards to this recent emotionally jarring scene (the whole episode, really) in Grey’s Anatomy.

I’ve been on the hunt for a similar read ever since, with no luck so far with already published works. But I did find Rebecca Barrow’s You Don’t Know Me but I Know You, dealing with motherhood, coming-of-age, female friendship over romance, and pregnancy. Set to come out on August 29, 2017, I’ve promptly added it to my growing TBR.you-dont-know-me-but-i-know-you-bookspoils

5. Insecure (HBO):  left you wanting more.

I started watching Insecure right after having finished Issa Rae’s The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, so my cravings for more of her utterly brilliant humor were successfully satisfied.
However, since the show aired quite recently, it has just one season with eight entertainingly inventive episodes. So to say that I was left wanting more (once again) would barely begin to cover it. There’s nothing quite like it on television; I’ve been looking for months.

P.S. I still laugh out loud whenever Issa Rae’s Broken Pussy gets randomly stuck in my head. The moment it played in the first episode, I knew the show was a keeper.

Also, I miss Kelli more than anything!!

I cannot wait for season two to come out!!


Those were my answers for the Netflix & Books book tag. If you’re interested in answering these questions, I tag you.
Also, just throwing this out there: I’m always one the look-out for more tv shows to binge-watch, so if you have any recommendations leave them down in the comments!!

Here are all the prompts:

  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: unlikeable character(s)
  • Vampire Diaries: your ship sank or didn’t happen
  • Friends: best cast of characters/friendships
  • Gossip Girl: hate that you love or guilty pleasure
  • Doctor Who: long series you loved
  • Grey’s Anatomy: all the feels
  • How I Met Your Mother: bad ending
  • Supernatural: favorite paranormal/fantasy
  • Freaks & Geeks: left you wanting more
  • The OC: series that should have ended earlier
  • Girl Meets World: should have a spin-off
  • That 70’s Show: set in a different time period
  • Orange is the New Black: couldn’t stop reading
  • Parks and Recreation: made you laugh out loud
  • One Tree Hill: favorite book boyfriend
  • Breaking Bad: favorite villain
  • Modern Family: best family or parents

Skam Book Tag | Original

tumblr_oiumh1lw0n1r9cisqo1_500It’s been over a month since I first got introduced to this inimitable show called Skam. And I’m not even kidding when I say, it’s been on my mind every day since. I’ve already rewatched the show multiple times, listened to Noora singing More Than Words on repeat for about a thousand times, ranted to my mother about it for hours… So in order to give my soul some rest, I decided to create this book tag centered around my favorite gals.

Coming up with this tag gave me the opportunity to explore and examine my favorite characters more closely, and based off that recommended some great books I find fitting. In hindsight, I guess I wasn’t kidding in my December Wrap Up when I included this tweet:tumblr_inline_oa6tkkvo7p1s2wyks_500Bear with me on this one.

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  1. Noora Amalie Sætre: your favorite feminist read.tumblr_ohvwv2ikl51trk8oeo1_400

Noora educating herself and others is still one of my favorite aspects about her character. And thankfully I found not one but two upcoming reads on the topic: Here We Are by Kelly Jensen and Nasty Women by 404 Ink. Both are collections of essays and accounts that gather a group of incredible women to discuss a plethora of topics in regards to everyone and everything feminists. As the blurb for Nasty Women voices, with intolerance and inequality increasingly normalised by the day, it’s more important than ever for women to share their experiences.

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2. Eva Kviig Mohn: your favorite character that went through extensive character development.tumblr_oi1kdmbyda1vl71q0o2_250Watching Eva’s character growth in season one has been one of the rewarding things I’ve seen on television so far. To pay tribute to that, I decided to go with Willem Ragnarsson’s character development in A Little Life to answer this question. Since the novel is rather humongous, we get to follow our main four characters through a number of carefully constructed events in their lives. And I personally loved reading about Willem’s character development from caring brother to adoring friend and then some. He has so much love in his heart, and I’ll forever admire nothing if not that.

If you can spare a minute, please read this next quote that captures his character better than I ever can:

“Sometimes he wakes so far from himself that he can’t even remember who he is. “Where am I?” he asks, desperate, and then, “Who am I? Who am I?”
And then he hears, so close to his ear that it is as if the voice is originating inside his own head, Willem’s whispered incantation. “You’re Jude St. Francis. You are my oldest, dearest friend. You’re the son of Harold Stein and Julia Altman. You’re the friend of Malcolm Irvine, of Jean-Baptiste Marion, of Richard Goldfarb, of Andy Contractor, of Lucien Voigt, of Citizen van Straaten, of Rhodes Arrowsmith, of Elijah Kozma, of Phaedra de los Santos, of the Henry Youngs.
“You’re a New Yorker. You live in SoHo. You volunteer for an arts organization; you volunteer for a food kitchen.
“You’re a swimmer. You’re a baker. You’re a cook. You’re a reader. You have a beautiful voice, though you never sing anymore. You’re an excellent pianist. You’re an art collector. You write me lovely messages when I’m away. You’re patient. You’re generous. You’re the best listener I know. You’re the smartest person I know, in every way. You’re the bravest person I know, in every way.
“You’re a lawyer. You’re the chair of the litigation department at Rosen Pritchard and Klein. You love your job; you work hard at it.
“You’re a mathematician. You’re a logician. You’ve tried to teach me, again and again.
“You were treated horribly. You came out on the other end. You were always you.”

No matter how many times I reread it, that last sentence always gets to me. 

3. Sana Bakkoush: your favorite brilliantly badass character with a heart of gold.
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“Even better men can be bested.”

P.S. I love this piece of art that perfectly captures Sana’s support and love:tumblr_ohqbare6kh1sh6m6xo1_500Source

4. Chris Berg: your favorite underrated character.tumblr_oin2hlulqm1vhb7lio3_400Chris has uttered some of my favorite sayings on Skam (the above one included). So when thinking about another underrated favorite, Lorraine Sengupta from Radio Silence sprang to mind. Similar to Chris, she’s caring, daring and her humor’s right up my alley.
Though Raine didn’t have a major role in RS, Alice Oseman (the author) recently took the time to write this short story about Raine’s adventures with a certain someone… and I’m both over the moon and on cloud nine.c1scp4luoaaeo9pSource

5. Vilde Lien Hellerud: your favorite book that addresses body image.

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This scene genuinely broke a piece of my heart. I’m forever grateful that Skam took the time to greatly discuss body image, self importance and self-acceptance.
And I feel like Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ does the same job. I read this book awhile back, and I don’t recall a lot of what happened, but I do remember that I was left with a lasting heartwarming feeling inside. Also, I’ve wanted to share this beautiful quote ever since:

“All my life I’ve had a body worth commenting on and if living in my skin has taught me anything it’s that if it’s not your body, it’s not yours to comment on.”

The above phrase is something I ALWAYS remind myself of. And I’m immensely grateful that the author put it into such accurate words.

6. Linn Larsen Hansen: your favorite book that discusses mental illness.tumblr_inline_oj7udfwxxw1uvqyz3_540Even though Linn isn’t fully in The Squad, I included her in this tag because of the lasting impression she left on me… similar to the one left by Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story.I can still clearly remember reading this book in a single session and coming out of it with a changed perspective. The way certain topics were broached in this story were so valuable that I have yet to let go of it in my heart. Sometimes just rereading this next quote helps tremendously.

“Things to do today:
1) Breathe in.
2) Breathe out.”

It’s a validating and necessary reminder.

Oh, and this:

“I don’t owe people anything, and I don’t have to talk to them any more than I feel I need to.”

That was my smooth way of circling back to Linn… I just wanted to mention how much I sympathized when she talked about her hatred for high school. I instantly connect with any character that shares their disdain for it. Like Helen Oyeyemi said best in Boy, Snow, Bird:

“School is one long illness with symptoms that switch every five minutes so you think it’s getting better or worse. But really it’s the same thing for years and years.”

So I think it goes without saying that I’m eagerly anticipating following Linn’s character growth in later seasons.


And those were all the questions for my Skam book tag, I hope you enjoyed!! And while I’m still patiently awaiting for the trailer for season four to drop…18438360You’re more than welcome to answer this tag for yourself, and be sure to link me so that I can read your answers as well!!

My Intimidating TBR Book Tag

This tag (created by Lindsey Rey) had me take a cold, hard look on all the books I still need and want to read… I hope I’ll eventually get to them one by one.tumblr_odi3kbj2oh1r83d7lo10_500Note: I’m an Amazon Affiliate. If you want to buy any of the books I mentioned in this post, just click on the images below to go through my link. I’ll make a small commission!

1) What book have you been unable to finish?
It’s been bothering me for awhile now that I haven’t finished Wild. As I mentioned before, I truly loved the first part. But when the focus shifted on Cheryl Strayed’s journey, it started to feel tedious, which took me by surprise granted that I was smitten with those first 50 pages.

What book have you yet to read because…

2) …you just haven’t had the time?
This stunning and life-affirming memoir about a nontraditional mother-daughter relationship, among a plethora of heavy subjects, has been on my TBR for quite awhile now. I am committed to read through it…but I just haven’t had the time. I’ll get there one day.

3) …it’s a sequel?
I really had to dig deep for this one as I don’t tend to leave series unfinished, partly because I don’t read that many series, and partly because when I do pick them up I like to marathon them. So I went with the most recent graphic-novel I want to read: Ms. Marvel, vol 3 by G. Willow Wilson.

4) …it’s brand new?This book appealed to me both for it’s beautiful cover and mysterious synopsis. It came out on  September 6th, so it’s technically considered brand new, right?

5) …you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?
I recently read Matthew Quick’s Every Exquisite Thing, and didn’t quite enjoy it as much as I was expecting. So now I’m hesitant with wanting to pick up The Silver Linings Playbook, even though I really liked the movie. Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in particular is spectacular, especially in this next scene:

6) …you’re just not in the mood for it?
The Scorpio Races has been on my radar ever since I finished The Raven Cycle back in March/ April of this year, which is quite some time for me. The main reason why I haven’t started is because I’m waiting for the right mood, which again I’m not sure what frame of mind that is. But I’ll wait, and wait, and wait…

7) …it’s humongous?
I’m desperate to get into A Little Life, but every time I pick it up, I seem to give up before I even finish one page. I’m kind of hating myself for it because this seems exactly like the kind of book I need to read right now.

8) …because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?
The Girls has been on-and-off my TBR for months now. I haven’t made much progress past the first couple of pages because I read some positive and negative reviews that made me want to both read it and not. I’m still on the fence about it.

9) What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?
I picked The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood because it’s a classic feminist read that everyone seems to love to this day. It’s quite intimidating to say the least. But I’ll get there one day… I will.


Those were all the questions for the My Intimidating TBR Pile Tag.
If you’re interested in answering these questions, I tag you.