Movies

The Cutest Little Detective Ever

sad pikkachu

Detective Pikachu

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I must preface this by saying I’ve never played Pokéman. I considered playing it once but was generally to lazy to download it and didn’t want it taking up so much space on my phone.

But Pikachu is the cutest little thing ever and I will likely soon have a stuffed version of him.

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Books

A Lot of Trouble for One Finger

The Night Tiger

The Night Tiger

By: Yangsze Choo

Grade: A

See this is one of those books that make me realize I could never be a book character because if I came into possession of a severed human finger I would toss it and run screaming not be like oh, mysterious! Let’s go digging!

Especially when you find out the last person that had it is dead. But that’s just me!

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Books

Intriguing but Flawed: A Novel Bookstore

a novel bookstore

A Novel Bookstore

By: Laurence Cossé

Grade: B-

Two people decide to team up in Paris and open a bookstore that sells only “good” books. Books chosen by a special and secret committee to wade through all novels. You would think this would be a great thing and for a little while it is. Only soon the bookstore is under siege from jealous rivals, idiots who think their trying to tell them what to read and just generally people who get their nose in a twist at anything.

Which doesn’t seem like a big deal until someone starts attacking the “secret” committee members.

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Television

Powerful Witches and Non-Sparkly Vampires

Theresa Palmer in A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

Powerful witches, libraries, ancient books, Matthew Goode, non sparkling vampires… some of my favorite things right there.

I read A Discovery of Witches ages ago and but enjoyed it enough to want to watch the show. The sequel as well though I don’t think I ever finished the series.

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Movies

It’s Not Easy Making New Friends

a simple favor

A Simple Favor

Directed by: Paul Feig

Grade: A

Forming friendships as adults can be really difficult sometimes. Hard to connect with people life gets in the way of new relationships and so on and so forth. So that’s why it was nice to see Stephanie and Emily’s friendship form in last years A Simple Favor.

Well, not so much but still. I finally watched this after putting it off for ages and it was just as nuts and fun as everyone told me.

So below what to look for in a new adult friend or not to look for depending on how bored you are/how much you value your life.

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Books

If It Seems to Good to Be True…

an anonymous girl

An Anonymous Girl

By: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Grade: B

Releases: January 8th

It probably is and you should run away.

When Jessica lies her way into a morality study the strapped for cash girl feels like she hit the jackpot when the Doctor chooses her for “further studies.” Unfortunately for Jess Doctor Lydia has her own goals for this one and may severely be in need of a therapist herself.

Soon Jess finds herself trapped in a maze not only with no way out but no clear definition of the rules.

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Books

The Power of Stories: Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River

By: Diane Setterfield

Grade: A

Once upon a time a girl in the California desert was lucky enough to receive an arc of Diane Setterfield’s Once Upon a River. Her first read by the author and, if the river wills it, not her last.

It’s a story about stories. A story about lost children and a girl who seemingly rises from the dead but definitely from the river.

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Books

Secrets, Lies and Consequences

the lies we told

The Lies We Told

By: Camilla Way

Grade: A-

Clara seems to have the good life going on when he boyfriend Luke disappears. At first no one is overly worried about Luke until Clara discovers evidence he was being stalked. Further complicating matters Luke’s long missing sister shows up when she hears the news. She wants to help Clara- but she doesn’t want anyone to know.

And Clara’s left to deal with being left behind as well as discovering the secrets her boyfriend was hiding.

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Books

An Absolutely Split Mind on this One

an absolutely remarkable thing

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

By: Hank Green

Grade: B -ish

So how about another Green brother?

Hank Green’s first book is about a twenty-something woman called April May who stumbles over a new “sculpture” in New York that she dubs Carl, uploads a video and becomes the center of this great, vast and mysterious world-wide phenomenon. What are the Carls? How did they get where they are? Who put them there?

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Movies

What Happened to Margot Kim?

searching

searching

Directed By: Aneesh Chaganty

Grade: A-

David Kim’s daughter Margot disappears one night. And the search leads him down a rabbit hole of social media and discovery after discovery of what Margot was hiding in an effort to find her.

Part of me couldn’t help but think hey, if you stopped videotaping her for Youtube and talking to her by text, maybe you would have known?

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