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June & July 2017 Monthly Favorites!


I know, I know. It's been a hot minute, hasn't it? I've been off of my blogging game lately and I apologize. I've had the worst (blog) writer's block and have been trying and trying to sit down and write a blog post and while I have a million post ideas, I just couldn't put my fingers to keyboard and actually write. But I am determined to get over this hump and have decided to push forward and finally complete my duel Monthly Favorites post. This edition is a bit of mish-mash of things, seeing as I've been trying to be good and not buy a lot of things lately and I haven't been to see a movie in theaters in forever (even though there are so many movies I want to see that are out right now! Damn my frugal life!), but it does feature a purely enchanting book that I think that everyone should read, some songs you'll play on repeat once you hear them for the first time, a movie featuring a giant super pig (yes, you read that right!), and a show all about 18th century prostitutes that you will become OBSESSED with me (at least I did. I need more harlot drama!!). So enjoy my obsessions from the past couple of months and cross your fingers that my writer's block has officially left me! *crosses fingers, throws salt over shoulder, does every other superstitious thing that probably doesn't work but makes you feel better about life*

Books:

That Weird Girl Life
I've been a bit busy lately and haven't had too much time to read. And all of the books I've been reading (though most of them good and enjoyable) haven't been as captivating and riveting as I would have hoped. I mean, when you read a book, don't you want to just dive into the pages and just disappear into the story? It seems to be getting harder and harder to find such an all consuming book where you never want it to end and you feel like crying once you've finished the last page (just me? I thought that's what everyone went through when they read an amazing book!).

But as fate would have it, I won a Goodreads giveaway of The Cottingley Secret, a historical fiction account of the (in)famous Cottingley fairy photos from the early 20th century (spoiler alert: the photos were a hoax that for a time even fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). The photos of which I had actually been enchanted by when I first saw them as a girl, so it was kind of fate that this historical fiction book fell into my lap. And guess what: this book was everything the last few books weren't. It was captivating, riveting, and enchanting. I read it cover to cover and got completely lost in its magical pages. I could go on and on for a long, long time about this masterpiece of a book. Oh, wait, I did! Check out my review of the book in the link below. Trust me that this is probably one of the best books of the year. The year, I say! It'll make you want to move to England, to visit Cottingley, and then to Ireland where you'll run a secondhand bookstore. Pure magic!

Check out my review of The Cottingley Secret!

Music:

Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
I think it's safe to say that after including a Little Mix song or two in my last few Monthly Favorites post, I'm most likely probably an official fan of them. Enough so that I know their names, can recognize their voices when they sing, and am just all around obsessed with their newest album Glory (yes, I downloaded it and no I'm not embarrassed!), especially Power. This song is such a bop and it gives me so much happy energy whenever I listen to it, so yes, it has been on repeat whenever I need a pick me up. And bonus points for Power's awesome music videos, featuring some of my favorite drag queens!

Kemosabe Records
The artist formerly known as Ke$ha (now just known as Kesha) is back after a long legal battle against her label and former producer and if this isn't one of the most powerful and beautiful songs you've heard in a long time, then what have YOU been listening to?? I have been playing this song on repeat for days and days and I still get goosebumps listening to it (that high note! Who knew Kesha had those kind of pipes??). After hearing Praying, I'm fully onboard for Kesha's new and hopefully very personal (but still crazy and fun like she is) upcoming album, Rainbow.

Movies:

Netflix
This movie made me cry. More specifically, the friendship and love between a girl, and her giant hippo/pig shaped super pig made me cry. Okja (the super pig) and others like her were bred to be a new sustainable food source for the world. But Okja's best friend Mija will stop at nothing to get her back once the big business aka the meat industry comes to take her away (you know, to kill her and then sell her meat). It's an emotional journey filled with dark humor and satire about the meat and food industry and even animal rights activists. A weird combination, but it totally works. Also, Okja is up there as one of the cutest fictional animals ever. I really want my own super pig now. And like Mija, I won't let anyone hurt it. Just try, Tilda Swinton!

Netflix
Oh, hellooooo! Does a Netflix produced taped version of a Broadway stage play count as a movie? I'm going to go with yes! This is one of the weirdest, strangest, funniest, nod to Broadway and New York City that I've ever seen. Actors/comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney star as Gil and George, two old, delusional men living in NYC and from there they put on a play within a play. It's bizarre, but once you wrap your head around it, it's pretty frickin' brilliant. I wanted to see Oh, Hello while it was on Broadway, but 1) I didn't have the money/time to fly to NYC 2) this was a very popular show and it probably would have been so difficult to get tickets unless I have mounds of money, which I don't (see my first reason), so I'm thanking the Netflix gods for filming it and I've been singing the Too Much Tuna jingle for days now. (It's hard to explain. Just watch the show)

TV:

Showtime
It's no secret that I love Shameless. I wish I could remember that fateful day where I watched the very first episode and got hooked. The newest season was finally put on Netflix and you better believe I binge-watched the entire season in a few days. While this season may not have been the best of seasons (it was a bit muddled and not very compelling. Except for the last episode which was very heart-breaking, for a lot of different reasons), I still loved seeing my favorite dysfunctional family the Gallagher's once again. (But seriously, what happened to cute, sweet Debbie?? Am I the only one who really dislikes her now? Who would have thought Carl would be higher up on my list of characters that I actually like??)

Hulu
I can't put into words how much I love this show. It's the perfect combination of historical fiction, 18th century London, towering powdered wigs, gorgeous costumes featuring a TON of cleavage, and so. Much. Drama. Like, an insane amount of drama (it was hard out there for a harlot!). Great acting and excellent story-lines makes this a must watch (in my book, at least) and I literally rejoiced when I heard that the second season is coming back in 2018 (that was honestly the best news I had heard that day. Also, I tweeted about the show and the Harlots Twitter account liked my tweet. I about died!). Thank you, Hulu gods!!!

Hulu
Guys. This. Show! If you haven't seen it, watch it. I specifically signed up for a month's free trial on Hulu just to watch it (which reminds me I need to cancel it before I get charged!) and I'm so glad I did. It deviates a bit from the book, but I feel like all of the changes they made in the series actually helped enhance the story and characters and made it a very compelling watch. And don't get me started on how this dystopian world is eerily reminiscent of this current government. Too close for comfort! But maybe that's why the show is speaking to so many people, myself included. It's chilling, thought-provoking and season 2 needs to come out ASAP!

YouTube:

Everyone loves Disney, right? I certainly do, but then there are people who really love Disney. And I've found a YouTube full of them! The thingamavlogs channel is run by the biggest Disney fans and their videos are a combination of Disney discussions, debates, vlogs, travel, and more! Thanks to them I've "visited" Disney parks all over the world via their own travels/vlog documentation, learned a lot of tips about visiting Disneyland/Disneyworld, and learned the difference between to cosplaying and Disneybounding! But my favorite part of the videos is when they showcase all of the different food items from all of the parks. Especially the ones from other countries! And obviously the more dessert types of food. Thanks to thingamavlogs, I've been in such a Disney mood and am currently rewatching some of my favorite Disney classics! So subscribe if you love all things Disney and want to live through these Disney fans that seem to go to Disneyland like every freaking weekend! (Talk about living the dream. *sigh*)

Subscribe to thingamavlogs YouTube Channel here!

Odds & Ends:

That Weird Girl Life
Believe it or not, when I was a kid I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. I loved drawing, painting, sculpting, pretty much anything having to do with creativity. But was I good at it? My parents said I was, but let's be honest, they're my parents, so they kind of had to say that to my young soul as to not cause permanent mental damage. But when I was older I stopped taking art classes (maybe I finally figured out I was just doing it for fun, not because I actually had artistic talent) and I've kind of been off of the art/craft scene for a while (I tried scrapbooking years ago but lost interest fast). But I've recently gotten into cross-stitching with this giant (and very easy) London themed kit I found at my local craft store. Like, apparently it's so easy the tagline on the label was "You can do it!" It was basically made for me, though I tried to prove them wrong. But I actually finished thanks to the pattern printed on the canvas (thank God for that) and the fact that the cross-stitch X's were HUGE. All in all, I'm super proud of myself and am thinking of moving on to a counted cross-stitch pattern. Like, an easy counted cross-stitch pattern. Let's be honest, I'm not ready for the big time yet!


What did you think of June and July's Monthly Favorites? Are you obsessed with any new TV shows? Have you watched The Handmaid's Tale yet? What did you think of it?

Stay Weird,
Emily


Want to catch up on my past Monthly Favorites posts? Read past posts here!


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