I've Been...

I've been listening to these albums:

The Voyager by Jenny Lewis is a nice little laid back pop album, even though the songs aren't all so happy. My favorite songs are She's Not Me, Just One Of The Guys, and The Voyager. Strange Desire by The Bleachers is a fun album, while we're waiting for Jack Antonoff to get back with fun. to make their new album. My favorite tracks are Rollercoaster and I Wanna Get Better. I know Midnight Memories came out almost a year ago but after seeing One Direction in concert, I'm just now into it and listening to it on repeat. My favorite songs are Story Of My Life, Strong, Happily, and Better Than Words. Plus Little White Lies and Through The Dark. Oh yeah, and Right Now and Why Don't We Go There. Um, yeah I'm obsessed with all but like three songs. Jordan Knight and Nick Carter are my favorite boys from each of their boy bands, so of course I had to check out their side project, Nick & Knight. It's light and a little '80s, and I like it. My favorites are One More Time and Drive My Car

I've been watching these music videos:

Black Widow is my favorite song on Iggy Azalea's album and the video is pretty cool. It looks like a little tribute to Kill Bill. Hilary Duff's first single, Chasing The Sun, was crap and I wasn't really looking forward to anything else she put out, but she quickly released All About You and I'm into it! Her lyrics video is pretty cute. I love that she participated in it. I like the '90s sound and high school movie visuals in Break The Rules by Charli XCX, complete with a Rose McGowan appearance. 

I've been reading these books:

Flying Shoes was pretty boring. I thought it was going to center around an unsolved crime from decades ago, but that was only mentioned a few times. It really just followed the main character around all day, while she did totally mundane things and talked to her family, neighbors and friends, who were pretty unlikable. Jimmy Carter's A Call To Action is not exactly a pleasant read, but it's an important one. He touches on current women's issues, such as human trafficking, FGM, domestic violence, rape, unequal pay, honor killings, dowry deaths, child marriages, HIV/AIDS, and the way religious texts are interpreted by powerful male leaders to claim the inferiority of women and girls. He also explains what the Carter Center is doing to educate and empower women all over the world. Great book! Great man! Say What You Will was really cute. It's been called a cross between The Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor & Park. It didn't hit me on quite the same level as those two books, but it was still a good, quick read. I loved it until the last section/weird twist that was just too unbelievable. I still really enjoyed all the characters and Cammie McGovern's writing style though. Friendship was boring. I didn't like either of the characters and nothing really major happened in the entire book. I was sort of expecting a light beach read in The Girls From Corona del Mar, but it was not! Some of the subject matter was really tough to read, but it was a well-written book and I couldn't put it down. I was a little disappointed with Landline because I've loved Rainbow Rowell's previous books so much. While I appreciated the writing, the characters, and the storyline about marriage, I don't know, I just couldn't wrap my head around the magical telephone. Tempting Fate was super predictable chick-lit. Plain and simple.I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. The characters in Bittersweet were all so unlikable, including the protagonist, but the story kept me interested from the very beginning and had lots of weird twists. It was well written, but too long and slow paced. The Julian Chapter is a short story based on Wonder, which I loved. It's short and simple, but nice to get the background and point of view of the bully.

I've been watching these new shows:

FX's new comedies You're The Worst and Married are actually very funny and filled with awesome casts. They are dark and don't sugar coat anything, but I find them both very entertaining. I've only seen three episodes of The Hotwives of Orlando because I haven't paid for Hulu Plus yet, but I plan to. The show is absolutely hilarious, especially if you are a fan of any of Bravo's Housewives shows. And if you aren't a fan of those crappy shows, the cast of super talented hilarious ladies is enough, trust me. Candidly Nicole is cute, I love the topics and everything that comes out of that little munchkin's mouth, but it's so scripted that it sometimes annoys me. I know she's not playing it off like these situations are happening naturally, but the insincerity is a little distracting. I'm a big fan of Amanda De Cadenet, so I was excited to hear about her return to TV with Undone. Her weekly hot topics show reminds me a lot of a girl power version of Watch What Happens Live and I like it. I only watched Running Wild with Bear Grylls because of Zac Efron's episode, but it's become a show for Jacob and to watch together, which is a rare event, so I'll keep tuning in.      

I've been catching up on these old shows:

I started The Comeback when it originally aired almost ten years ago, but never finished the season. Since it's coming back as a six-episode event in November I thought I'd rewatch all of it. It can be uncomfortable at times, but Lisa Kudrow is just so brilliant as Valerie Cherish. It's funny and it has a lot of heart. I totally forgot about Kellan Lutz being in it! 

I've been seeing these movies:

A Long Way Down was alright, but the book was much better. It was nice to see Aaron Paul in something new though. They Came Together had funny moments and made so much fun of rom-coms that I loved it, even though the movie itself was pretty stupid. Begin Again was also just alright. Keira Knightly bugs me and she really can't sing so it was strange casting to me. It was a nice friendship story though, which is rare these days. Snowpiercer was called the surprise hit of the summer. I totally agree! I'm not that into sci-fi, but it had an original plot, a great cast, and completely held my interest. I recommend it! Very Good Girls is a coming-of-age story staring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen. I LOVE both of them so much, and the movie was sweet and awkward, but not totally amazing. Guardians of the Galaxy was awesome. It look about a half an hour for me to get into it, but after that it was fun and funny! Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was fine. I loved the first one so I was excited to see this. The visuals were awesome, just like in the last one, but the plot wasn't very interesting. (Side note: Ava Green is absolutely gorgeous, but her eyes have always bothered me. Sine they were bright green in this film, I was distracted whenever she was on screen.) I didn't love the book If I Stay, but still wanted to see the movie because I love Chloe Grace Moretz so much. I thought she was great, but the rest of the cast was awkward and the pace was too slow. That being said, I still cried like a baby during a few key scenes.

And I've been renting these ones:

I wasn't at all interested in reading Divergent, but heard good things about the movie. Nope, still not into it. I actually fell asleep for a while. It was slow and too long and I didn't love any of the characters. It kept Jacob's interest though. The Other Woman looked stupid, so I wasn't surprised by how bad it was. There were entertaining parts, but it took a turn for the worse halfway through and just got ridiculous. Bad Words was predictable and not that great, but it entertained me from beginning to end. I don't think it was a terrible directorial debut by Jason Bateman. Rohan Chand is pretty amazing. Keep an eye on that kid! Palo Alto (the book and the movie) was written by James Franco as a series of linked short stories. I think it played out pretty well on screen and I enjoyed the cast. I didn't love the movie, but I didn't hate it.

What have you been up to?


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

A magical telephone? I don't really go for that. I'm trying to stay with the book I just started last night even though it includes time travel. Didn't we cover that in The Time Traveler's Wife?

I did not know about Nick & Knight.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I didn't love Divergent the book. I liked the movie, but it's certainly not my favorite.

Karen M. Peterson said...

I'm always amazed at how many books you get through. I've been reading one book for about 6 months!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Things were going so well with this post and then you called Nicole a munchkin (we're like the same height!!! Lol) and said you didn't like Divergent! Of course with any movie, the book is better. But I love Theo James so I approved of the movie lol. You should read the books. I really liked them.

I used to LOVE Hilary Duff. Like made my be go see the Lizzy McGuire movie with me. I was in college at the time lol. I have her last (and only right?) album and love it. I'm not hooked on this song yet. I need to listen to the first single :/