Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren - Book Review

Genre: Chick-Lit, Contemporary

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis: Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire. But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it? Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human?

My Thoughts: I was surprised with how much I enjoyed Dating You/Hating You. I had heard good things from BookTube, but I am always hesitant about reading new chick-lit/romance books. It is a genre I really enjoy reading in the summer, but I have been let down multiple times. I am happy to say this was not the case! When the book first started, I found myself comparing it to The Hating Game a lot (which was a book I LOVED). However, the similarities soon became fewer and fewer and I was able to jump full force into the remainder of the story.

The romance/rival aspect of Dating You/Hating You was one of my favorite parts. It is one of the few tropes that I actually enjoy reading and this book did it so well. It was also this rivalry that added to a lot of the humor throughout this book. It was refreshing and really the kept the pace of the story fast and fun. Also, while this book is categorized as a romance novel, the sex scenes were classy and kept to a minimum. I was grateful for this as I do not enjoy reading erotica.

Overall, I really liked this book. It had everything I wanted in a summer read... cute romance, funny dialogue, and a sort of detective/hero story at the end. I think this could potentially make a great Valentine's Day rom-com, which is exactly how it played out in my head. Any fans of chick-lit or work-place rivalries should read this book. I truly think a fun time will be had by all!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

TV Talk: Top 10 TV Shows of the Year

Summer is almost over and a new bunch of shows are about to start in the fall! That means that it is time to reflect on all of the amazing TV shows and make my list of top TV shows of the year. If you didn't already know... I LOVE TV. I would say that I try to keep up with TV about as much as I do with books. I love being able to have conversations about the newest shows and predicting what will happen in next weeks episodes. Also... I am a huge multi-tasker and I now find it hard to get chores or blogging done without having something playing in the background 😂. This year (fall 2016 - summer 2017), I found it especially hard to narrow down my favorite shows down to just 10. There were a lot of great shows (some new to me and some new to the world) and others are just favorites year to year. I would highly recommend any shows that I have listed below! It is my honest opinion that TV is getting better and better each year and I do not want to miss out on any of it 😭.
  1. Westworld
  2. Black-ish
  3. The Handmaid's Tale
  4. Stranger Things
  5. Game of Thrones
  6. The Magicians
  7. Master of None
  8. iZombie
  9. Legion
  10. Big Little Lies
Honorable Mentions: Riverdale, Better Call Saul, Thirteen Reasons Why, Luke Cage, Mr. Robot

Let me know some of your favorite shows down in the comments. I love adding new shows to my Netflix queue, so leave any recommendation as well.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later - Season 1 Review

Network: Netflix

Genre: Comedy

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis: See what happens to your favorite campers and counselors ten years after the original Wet Hot American Summer.

My Thoughts: Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later was a fun one day binge! The characters were as crazy as ever and the jokes were very meta (which I enjoy 😜). I was not the biggest fan of the original movie, Wet Hot American Summer, but I did very much enjoy the prequel series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. As such, I was really excited to see where the Firewood campers were ten years later. 

While some of the story lines in this chapter were way out there and honestly didn't make a lot of sense, the actors were on point with their character portrayals. What's even more impressive is how they got all of these actors back (with the exception of Bradley Cooper - although they do address this in a very funny way) to shoot these eight episodes despite all of their busy schedules. It shows a dedication and pure enjoyment these actors must have for the story and their fellow friends. However, this sequel series was not as strong as the prequel series. With the characters all being ten years older, some of the hi-jinks that were once funny when done by teenagers were a little silly when done by adults almost in their 30's. Overall, I think both series were great additions to what is now a cult classic movie. I don't really think the creators have any plans to make more content based on this universe, but I do think they should stop while they are ahead. The story concluded in a great way and I would be VERY content knowing each characters story ended where they did (spoiler alert: everyone got a happy ending!).