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September & October 2017 Monthly Favorites

That Weird Girl Life
I know, I know, I'm very late on my Monthly Favorites October post. And I'm very very late on my Monthly Favorites September post. Which is why I'm putting them together and making this duel Monthly Favorites post! Two is better than one and more is always better, right? That makes up for this being super late, right? I think so! Plus I talk about a few of my favorite books that I've read, TV shows I've been watching and lots of other fun stuff, so I know you'll forgive me for my lateness. (I mean well! Life just gets in the way!) So please enjoy my September and October edition of my Monthly Favorites!


Music:


I've re-fallen in love with my favorite band, the Arctic Monkeys. I know that sounds strange, but it happened! I first discovered the Arctic Monkeys when their first album "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" was released years ago and I've been smitten ever since. But you know how it is when you get distracted by shiny pop music and before I knew it, my Arctic Monkeys CDs were gathering dust (sometimes I still listen to CDs, okay?). But one random day, I decided to grab one to listen to on a long car ride and when the opening music of "My Propeller" started, I was reminded of why I fell in love with their music in the first place. And then the shame set in: how could I have not listened to my favorite band for years??? Thankfully I'm making up for lost time though ♥ (Also, how good was "AM" and also WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO COME OUT WITH ANOTHER ALBUM???)

(Want to read a total throwback post from when I first started blogging? I wrote a post all about how I finally got to see the Arctic Monkeys in concert a few years ago and it's a total trip. You can read it here. Also, I apologize for the awful concert pictures. Me plus the camera on the iPhone 5 really didn't mix well)

Movies:
Netflix
Yaaassss, Gaga, yaaaaassss!- is what I was saying after I watched Lady Gaga's Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two. I've always loved Lady Gaga and got to see her in concert a few years ago (it was right before she cancelled her tour to have hip surgery and I felt so grateful I got to see her before that happened!) and she is just an absolutely brilliant musician and performer, so I was super excited to see this documentary. It pretty much all takes place as she recorded her latest album "Joanne," and her preparation before her big Super Bowl performance (pretty much the only reason why I watched the Super Bowl last year) and it gets deep and real. So, basically I loved every second of it and I found it fascinating to see the real Gaga, rather than her stage and music personas. I may be biased though because I love Lady Gaga so much, but I highly recommend giving the documentary a try!

YouTube Originals
I know, another documentary? I've been on a documentary kick lately and I've admired Demi Lovato and her openness about her struggles for years, so I was pretty happy to see that she had released a free YouTube documentary about her journey to where she is today. And you guys, it's super inspiring. It's probably one of the most honest documentaries I've seen about someone dealing with mental illness (and drug abuse) and I found it incredibly powerful, honest, and thought-provoking. I think it's a must watch for anyone who is has struggled with mental illness (or still is struggling), especially young girls. I honestly wish this documentary had existed when I was a tween so I would have known that I wasn't the only one going through something tough. But I'm glad it exists now for everyone who needs some reassurance that they are not alone in their struggles. I think Demi is doing a wonderful thing because when you speak up about an issue, you're also reaching out to people affected by it and that's honestly one of the bravest things you can do (and something I'm hoping I can do more in the future!).

TV:
Netflix
I had forgotten how obsessed I was with the first season of Stranger Things and it took the second season to remind me that not only was I obsessed with this show, but I honestly think I'm a super fan. While I think I liked the first season a tiny bit more, I loved the second season and the character developments were so good (who knew Steve would be the best baby-sitter ever? And who knew we'd even like Steve??). But I think my absolute favorite part of the season two probably had to be Sean Astin as Bob. They seriously could not have picked a better actor to play such a lovable and sweet character. Plus, having 80's queen Winona Ryder and Sean Astin aka Mikey from the quintessential 80's kids movie the Goonies paired up together just made my heart so so happy. But now that I've finished the second season (I watched two episodes a night, to try to space it out. It still did not last long enough for me), comes the wait for the third season. Sigh. I guess I'll just rewatch the first season again!

The CW
This was probably the show I was most excited about coming back this fall. If you haven't watched Crazy Ex-Girlfriend you are missing out on probably the most unique, funny, and honest show on TV.  I don't want to give too much away, but it's about a woman who moves to her old boyfriend's home town and is convinced they're meant to be and imagines her life as a musical (yes, there are original musical numbers and they are all brilliant). It may sound weird, yes but trust me, it's hilarious (and you will fall in love with every single odd and strange character, I can promise you that), but it also deals with mental illness in such a genuine way and the last episode that just aired....oh my goodness. I'm still in shock about what transpired, but I'm also so impressed that they handled it with such honesty and truthfulness. It was such a powerful moment and I really appreciated that they portrayed it so sincerely on a platform directed at an audience where it could make a big difference by being aired on a popular, youth-centered TV channel. But you should really give it a try from the first season and I bet you'll fall in love with this weird underrated little show, hilarious and serious moments included.

Books:

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*Hedwig's Theme starts playing* I have such a soft spot for the illustrated editions of the Harry Potter books. I think Jim Kay's illustrations are beautiful in a messy, zany, and imperfect way, which I think is exactly how the Wizarding World looks. Not that I don't love the movies and their interpretation of the books, but I think Jim Kay's vision is the closest to what I imagined Harry's magical world to actually look like. Though thanks to all of these new additions of the Harry Potter books, my Harry Potter bookshelf is getting a bit crowded. I may need to turn it into a Harry Potter bookcase. Do I need more copies of every single one of the books in the series? No. Do I want to buy every single new edition with new covers and artwork, added information, notes from JK Rowling, illustrations, embossed images on the images? Heck yes I do!

(I wrote more about my love for the Harry Potter illustrated books, more specifically the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition over on this blog post. Can you imagine how long the illustrated edition version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is going to be? That's gonna be one thiiiiiiiick book!)

Harlequin Teen
Oh. My. Goodness. I. Loved. This. Book. And. If. You. Want. To. Know. How. Much. I. Wrote. A. Book. Review. Of. It. Here. And. Seriously. You. Need. To. Read. It. Or. Else. I. Will. Continue. To. Bug. Everyone. About. It. For. The. Foreseeable. Future. (But seriously, can at least a couple of you read the book so we can discuss how great it was??)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
I have been waiting for this book for YEARS! Libba Bray is one of my favorite authors ever. She could write a book about the most boring time period in the world (what's a super boring part of history? Just pick the time period you always wished you could skip instead of study in your history class and apply that to what I just said. So yeah, that boring) and it would still be an engaging and wonderful read. She can literally do no wrong in my eyes (literally, because she writes books). Before the Devil Breaks You is the third installment in her Diviners series, about a group of teens in 1920's New York who all have some sort of psychic gift and use those powers to defeat evil, supernatural forces. It's definitely a supernatural thriller, but it's set during the roaring 20's, so we have speakeasies, race issues, radio shows, gangsters, political unrest, and so much more packed into one teen series. The thing that I love about Libba Bray's work is that it always has a little bit of everything, despite the genre: there's always humor, heart, and memorable characters who just feel so real, like you know them or would like to know them. Plus, the witty 1920's style banter in the Diviners novels is just so fun and transports you right there to those days of jazz and illegal booze (or what I imagine it was like. Man, I wish I could time travel).

Youtube:

Watching YouTube is definitely one of my guilty pleasures. If I had the chance, I'd either be reading or falling down a rabbit hole of YouTube videos (I finally stop watching when I get to that weird side of YouTube. You know what I mean, we've all been there). I've never been one to watch reaction videos- I mean, you're just basically watching people watch YouTube videos or other things like that, which is exactly what you are doing whenever you watch a video. But I had heard of Dwayne and Jazz aka Couple Reacts, thanks to Shane Dawson's podcast and decided to watch a few of their videos. And you know what? I really like them! I think it helps that they're a very personable, fun couple and they honestly react in such a genuine way that you know isn't fake or like they're acting for the views or thumbnail. Plus, after a while you really start liking them as people and especially as a couple. I tried to watch a couple of videos where they prank each other (i.e. one where Dwayne makes it look like another girl is texting him and Jazz sees or where Jazz pretends to break up with Dwayne) and I almost had to turn it off, it made me so sad to see how angry and hurt they got because you know they really love each other. They post several videos a day of them reacting to lots of different things, plus a lot more videos of them doing other things, so you won't run out of things to watch! (Which I've been super grateful for since I've been having a hard time falling asleep lately and I turn to Dwayne and Jazz to pass the time!)

Check out Dwayne and Jazz's videos here and subscribe if you like 'em!

Holidays:

To me, nothing says autumn (or fall, as we say here in the states) like Halloween. I think it's the perfect holiday to start fall off with. It's getting darker and colder out, the leaves are falling, you start wearing cute, comfy, and cozy sweaters (well, none of that really happens where I live. It gets slightly less hot and eventually gets to our winter which is what most people call "autumn"), pumpkins are everywhere and then there's Halloween. The ultimate fun holiday celebrating all things spooky and dark. Plus there's candy! It's a very underrated holiday but definitely one more people should embrace and enjoy. And I need to brag about something: I always allow myself every year to buy a few Halloween decorations and I'm so so proud of myself: this year I only bought three decorations. Only three! Though to be fair, after I took out all of my Halloween decorations out from storage, I decided I probably had enough Halloween decorations after these last three decorations were added. Well, at least for now. Until next year you know when you know all the stores get their new Halloween decorations in. Aww, I can't wait for next year's Halloween!

(Want to read more about why Halloween in the freaking best holiday ever- in my humble and most likely right opinion? I wrote a blog post about the top 10 reasons why Halloween is the best here if you're a Halloween nerd like I am. Which I'm totally proud to be!)

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Voila! Better late than never, these were my Monthly Favorites from September and October! Have you watched the second season of Stranger Things? What did you think of it? Are you super excited it's fall? Let me know in the comments!

Stay Weird.
Emily

Need to catch up on my past Monthly Favorite posts? Well, look no further because you can read them all right here! (Your life is totally complete now. You're welcome!)

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2 comments:

  1. I have't caught up on Stranger Things s2 yet, but I did watch the Demi Lovato documentary. It made me admire her even more than I already do! And I also really love the new Harry Potter and the Prizoned of Azkaban Illustrated book

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    1. Ooh when you do watch Stranger Things 2 you should let me know what you thought of it! I lived Demi before the documentary but you’re right, I admire her so much more now! Plus I was glad the documentary was free 😉 I can’t wait for the next illustrated Harry Potter book- I think they’re my new favorite editions of the books. But the Goblet of Fire edition is going to be so thick, haha.

      Sorry this took me so long to reply to! My laptop died so I’ve been without one for weeks 🙁 but thank you so so much for reading and commenting. It means so much to me! 💖

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