New to the Queue #3

Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner started this and I love it so I’m (politely) stealing it!

I add a lot of stuff to my TBR list, my Netflix queue, and my library holds list. Here’s stuff I want to actually seek out and consume right now.

Stuff I Want to Read

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The Anatomical Venus: Wax / Sex / God / Death by Joanna Ebenstein

Arcadia by Iain Pears

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Sex Object by Jessica Valenti

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Stuff I Want to Watch

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Black Mirror

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Dirty 30

The Magnificent Seven

Marvel’s Luke Cage

Stuff I Want to Listen To

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Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande

I Am a Nightmare” by Brand New

“Rise” by SUPERFRUIT ft. Mary Lambert, Brian Justin Crum, & Mario Jose

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Sooo Many White Guys

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x Infinity by Watsky

What did YOU add to your queue?? Let me know!

Five Favorite: TV I Want to Be Books

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

I already did a top ten Tuesday post on books I want to see as a TV series or film, but there are sooo many shows I watch (and with which I am OBSESSED) that would work really well as a stand-alone or multi-book series. Here are my five favorite!

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12 Monkeys: This series has quickly become one of my favorite shows, and it makes me think of a trilogy filled with time travel and romance and time travel and a high-stakes end-of-the-world plot and, oh yeah, TIME TRAVEL. (Inspiration: The Passage trilogy by Justin Cronin)

agentcarterAgent Cater: I know that Peggy Carter is part of the MCU, but even ignoring her connection to Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D., I envision a visually muted series of comic issues highlighting her intelligence amid the sexism and misogyny of post-World War II New York. (Inspiration: Lady Killer by Joëlle Jones)

Caitlin Fitzgerald as Libby Masters, Michael Sheen as Dr. William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex (season 3, Key Art) - Photo: Liz Von Hoene/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: MastersofSex_S3_KeyArt_300Masters of Sex: The life of William Masters and Virginia Johnson was technically adapted from their biography of the same name, but I want a lush work of literary fiction filled to the brim with both criticism of and nostalgia for the mid twentieth century. (Inspiration: I Went to Vassar for This? by Naomi Neale & The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides )

mrrobotMr. Robot: This show just begs for a stand-alone atmospheric thriller filled with tech jargon, an unreliable narrator, and the Hack Of The Century – which only happens half way through so you read into the middle of the night because WHY ARE THERE SO MANY PAGES LEFT??? (Inspiration: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk)

orphanblackOrphan Black: Even good things have to end, so this would be a well-plotted, multi-arc series with kick-ass lady protagonists; multiple, intersecting plots; and an ever-widening conspiracy you just HAVE to figure out. (Inspiration: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown)

Have your own five favorite TV shows you want as books? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Top Ten: TV Series Premiering in 2016 I Want to Watch

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was a fall TV freebie, so I chose ten fifteen series premiering in fall 2016 or winter 2017 for which I am most definitely setting a series recording on my DVR.

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Atlanta, September 6 on FX
Two cousins with different views on art versus commerce on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene.

Queen Sugar, September 6 on USA
Two sisters move to the heart of Louisiana to claim an 800-acre sugarcane farm inheritance from their recently departed father.

Quarry, September 9 on USA
A Marine returns home from Vietnam in 1972 only to find himself being shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public.

Pitch, September 22 on Fox
A young pitcher becomes the first woman to play in the Major Leagues.

Luke Cage, September 30 on Netflix
Given super strength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.

TimelessConviction, October 3 on ABC
A brilliant young attorney is blackmailed to head up NYC’s new Conviction Integrity Unit and investigate cases where people may have been wrongly convicted.

Timeless, October 3 on NBC
An unlikely trio travels through time to battle unknown criminals in order to protect history as we know it.

FrequencyFrequency, October 5 on CW
A police detective discovers that she can speak via a ham radio with her estranged father who died twenty years prior, and the two decide to work together to change the history of tragic events to come while also getting the chance to heal their complicated relationship.

Insecure, October 9 on HBO
The awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman.

TheCrownThe Crown, November 4 on Netflix
Queen Elizabeth II is a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

Making History, 2017 on Fox
Three friends from two different centuries try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present-day lives.

PowerlessPowerless, 2017 on USA
An insurance company deals with the destruction left by DC Superheros.

Still Star-Crossed, 2017 on ABC
A period drama that picks up where Romeo and Juliet left off, charting the treachery, palace intrigue, and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.

RiverdaleRiverdale, 2017 on CW
A subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life – the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

Time After Time, 2017 on USA
The adventures of young H.G. Wells and his time machine.

Top Ten: Books Featuring High Schoolers

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was a back to school freebie, so I chose books featuring high school students because, to me, nothing screams “back to school” more than public school.

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The Bad Mother’s Handbook by Kate Long

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
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Paper Towns by John Green

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Five Favorite: Books Set in Libraries

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

ChuckPushingDaisiesI’m pretty sure that all book lovers have a dream to one-day own ALL. OF. THE. BOOKS. (Whether that dream is practical is beyond the point here.) For me, it was (and is) to simply own a Library – like, a room in my house that JUST holds books on wall to wall, floor to ceiling shelves with a nice big window and a huge comfy chair. As such, I get a little flush of happiness when I read books that feature or are set in libraries because, well, you know… books. Here are my five favorite.

Home Libraries

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Public Libraries

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

TheHistorian

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

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The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Have your own five favorite books set in libraries? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

New to the Queue #2

Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner started this and I love it so I’m (politely) stealing it!

I add a lot of stuff to my TBR list, my Netflix queue, and my library holds list. Here’s stuff I want to actually seek out and consume right now.

Stuff I Want to Read

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If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

Time Travel by James Gleick

Stuff I Want to Watch

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The Boss

Drunk History

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Stranger Things

Undrafted

Stuff I Want to Can’t Stop Listening To

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

“Dancing in the Dark” ft. Von Smith by Postmodern Jukebox

“Light of the Seven” by Ramin Djawadi

“Pillowtalk” by Zayn

“Work from Home” ft. Ty Dolla $ign by Fifth Harmony

What did YOU add to your queue?? Let me know!

Buy Borrow Bypass: On Grief

Book Riot does this great feature called “Buy, Borrow, Bypass” and I like it, so I’m going to do that here.

AMothersReckoningA Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

Sue Klebold is best known as the mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold – and she knows it. Although her memoir twists around April 20th, 1999 (both the Before and the After), it’s not really about Columbine or even Dylan. Instead, A Mother’s Reckoning is an open-ended exploration into all of the small and large decisions she made as Dylan’s parent and also all the ramifications of those decisions – both in 1999 and 2016. Each memory has the benefit of hindsight, but also Klebold’s many years working to prevent suicide and murder-suicides. I enjoyed the biographical sections and self-reflections more than the psychology and push for mental health awareness, and readers looking for a biography of either Dylan or Columbine should best look elsewhere.

Verdict: BORROW

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Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart

Honestly, I thought Rosalie Lightning was just okay. I wanted to like it, to come out of the  100ish pages that comprise Tom Hart’s graphic memoir after the death of his daughter Rosalie with some kind of reaction other than ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Unfortunately, grief is too messy for that. It’s too abstract and it takes too many forms to be universally understood in any one medium. And perhaps I was looking at Rosalie Lightning as the tribute that it could have been, the celebration of a child’s brief life in color and abstract form. Instead, Hart uses drawing to climb out of the hole she left behind. And, in experiencing that grief with him, I felt that maybe I wasn’t supposed to be a part of the process at all.

Verdict: BYPASS

WhenBreathBecomesAirWhen Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

This posthumous memoir is a gut puncher. You know that its author, Paul Kalanithi, ultimately died at thirty-six from metastasized stage IV lung cancer before you start reading. It’s there: in the small blurb on the back cover, in Kalanithi’s author bio, in Abraham Verghese’s forward, in every piece of publicity the book acquired since it was published in January. Kalanithi’s death permeates the text, hanging over our reading experience as it must have for Kalanithi himself. Except that, I don’t think he would want us to dwell. For Kalanithi, death was just another facet of life – a question to be answered, yes, but not something to be feared or avoided. He explains for us (and possibly his daughter) how and why he became a doctor, and it is in that meditative reflection in exacting prose that we are forced to confront our own fears and anxieties about death and the unlived life. Just reading his memoir makes me hope that I can accomplish in my lifetime what Kalanithi did in his.

Verdict: BUY