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What's In My To Be Read (TBR) Pile! Vol. 2

That Weird Girl Life
You know the old saying: when one book closes, another opens. Okay, yes, I know that that's not a real saying, but honestly, it should be one in the bookworm community. Because there's always another book to read after you finish reading your current one. Especially if books just keep magically appearing (aka you keep buying them) in your to be read pile, like mine do. (Funny how that keeps happening, huh?) I myself can never say that I literally have nothing to read, because if I did, my TBR pile would come to life and punish me with paper cuts for never reading them and for getting their jackets all dusty and cat furry (which honestly is my cat's fault for shedding so much. And it's probably also a little bit my fault for not dusting as often as I should. I hate dusting). Speaking of books that are silently judging me for not reading them in a timely manner, let's look at all of the new unread books that are joining my older passive aggressive unread books on my book shelves! Enjoy!

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Harper Collins
How Long Has It Been In My TBR Pile? Not that long. My older sister let me borrow it, since it's one of her favorites books, plus it's a classic that I've never read before (I really need to start reading more of the classics!)
Why Is It Still In My TBR Pile? Because other books are calling my name! It's not Rebecca's fault!
When Will I Get Around To Reading It? Soon, I hope. Even though I know the twist since when I was younger I saw the PBS adaptation on TV many many years ago. But hopefully the book will still wow me even if I kind of sort of remember the ending.

The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy, The Shocking Inside Story by Ann Rule
Pocket Books
How Long Has It Been In My TBR Pile? Just since around my birthday in February (Thanks, Barnes & Noble gift card!)
Why Is It Still In My TBR Pile? As much as I love morbid things, I feel like you have to be in the right mood to read about a sadistic sociopath serial killer (just me?)
When Will I Get Around To Reading It? Probably soon, since I love dark and disturbing things and this book definitely sounds like it'll be especially dark and disturbing! I mean, Ann Rule volunteered with Ted Bundy and considered him a friend! That gives me chills just thinking about being that close to a serial killer and NOT KNOWING.

We Hear the Dead by Dianne K. Salerni
Sourcebooks Fire
How Long Has It Been In My TBR Pile? Actually, not too long. I found it at a used bookstore around Easter and instantly bought it when I learned it was a historical fiction take on the Fox sisters (early Spiritualists in the 1800's who may or may not have been faked being able to contact spirits. Look it up, it's fascinating!)
Why Is It Still In My TBR Pile? I don't know...I love historical fiction and anything involving the paranormal so why haven't I read it yet??
When Will I Get Around To Reading It? Soon-ish....? I hope. Knock on wood like the Fox sisters supposedly did to contact the spirits? (That was a stretch!)

The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin
Random House Trade Paperbacks
How Long Has It Been In My TBR Pile? The same sister who lent me Rebecca also lent me this. Everyone in my family has just watched the tv series The People vs. OJ Simpson and we were all obsessed so my sister was the one to buy this book the series was based on. I was really young when the OJ Simpson trial happened so I find the whole thing so interesting.
Why Is It Still In My TBR Pile? Like a lot of true crime books, I feel like you have to be in the right mood to read something so morbid and sad. (Because OJ totally did it. Right?)
When Will I Get Around To Reading It? Sometime in the future. Probably when I'm feeling up for trying to understand the American legal system (which I probably never will and is why I'm not pursuing a legal career).

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Algonquin Books
How Long Has It Been In My TBR Pile? For a little while. My other older sister (I have two!) lent this to me saying it was a fun, literary read that I would enjoy. I honestly just took it without reading the description on the back so when I do read it, it will be a complete surprise!
Why Is It Still In My TBR Pile? I honestly forgot I had it until I was looking through my TBR pile to make this post! Oops! But now that I remember I'll make sure to read it. You know, after I read all of these other books...
When Will I Get Around to Reading It? See above question. I swear, I'll get around to reading it and then finally returning it to my sister!

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press
How Long Has It Been In My TBR Pile? Not for too long! I worked an estate sale a few weeks ago and found this classic in a small pile of books (which I immediately foraged through once I found it!). I've always heard of The Tale of Despereaux but I never read it for some reason. But from what I can see it's a kids book about a mouse and he has a sword (maybe?) so I'm totally down!
Why Is It Still In My TBR Pile? I just got it! Cut me some slack!
When Will I Get Around to Reading It? Probably when I'm in the mood to read about an adorable mouse who hopefully goes on an adventure and like saves a kingdom or something (I only know that the book is about the mouse. Again, going in blind and hopefully being pleasantly surprised!).

What did you think of my newest additions to my TBR list? Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I read first? Am I missing out on reading some really good ones by being a bookworm procrastinator aka getting distracted by new, shiny books? Let me know in the comments!

Stay Weird,

Why I'm Being More Honest About My Mental Health

Phew.... this may be the most personal and hardest things I've ever written.

In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to be upfront and honest, for once. Not that I'm not usually upfront and honest, I usually am. About some things. Other things I like to keep to myself. And mental health has always been one of those things.

I had always been taught that mental illness is something that you keep to yourself. There was obviously nothing wrong with having it (mental illness runs in my family so it wasn't exactly too much of a shock when I was first diagnosed as a kid and my family has always been so supportive throughout my life living with my illnesses), it's just that some people aren't always so understanding about the subject matter. And as much as I wanted to believe that what I had been brought up to believe wasn't true, I knew in my heart of hearts that it was, at least during the time when I was a kid and a teen. From awkward silences and blank stares when I tried to bond with my "friends" and tell them about my issues, to more recently guys I've dated bringing it up as a major issue in the relationship, I had to admit that mental illness still had a stigma. But not to some brave individuals.

I've been so inspired by the mental health bloggers that I follow and their honesty when writing about their mental health journeys. It almost shocked me when I first found out about the mental health blogging community. I immediately thought, "they're openly talking about their issues? Like, admitting them? Out loud??" And yes, they were. They were posting blog post updates about their struggles with depression, anxiety, OCD, you name it. And no one was judging them for it. In fact, everyone else who commented on a blog post, or tweeted during a mental health chat, were so encouraging and supportive to one another. Having a mental illness wasn't a taboo, it was just a fact. It was so unlike my own life, where I only talked about my mental health to my doctors and family. I just assumed no one else would understand. But it turns out a lot of people do. 

I've written about anxiety and depression before, but in a hopefully helpful and humorous way. I didn't get super personal about my own struggles with anxiety and depression but I obviously alluded to it. So I may not in fact be the best mental health blogger, but I am trying to help out the community, even in my little, unassuming way.

But now that it's Mental Health Awareness Month, I finally feel like I want to be honest about my own mental illnesses. And while I admire the people who are so open about sharing their issues and stories, I myself only feel comfortable sharing a small amount of my struggles. Maybe because I'm still going through several things currently or maybe it's because I fear the judgement that I've always known (or maybe just imagined) would come along with being open about it, but there are some things that are too painful or even too difficult for me to revisit right now. And I've come to realize that that's perfectly okay. These are my stories to tell, whether I choose to or not.

But I will share some of the things I've been treated for or have gone through (whether officially diagnosed or not). And guys, this is big for me. Like, I rarely share this (for obvious reasons explained above) but I'm doing it now in honor of this fine month of mental health awareness. So, without further ado, here's my list of crazy:

•Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Good ol' OCD. You were my first. Where would I be without you? Happier. I would be HAPPIER)
•Depression (Hello darkness, my old friend)
•Panic disorder (It's supervillian power: Able to pop up at the most inopportune time at the speed of light!)
•Anxiety (It's like having a mini panic attack all. The. TIME. Fun, right??)
•Eating Disorder (Anorexia nervosa, NOS, due to my OCD. I hate it when my mental illnesses gang up against me)
•Emetophobia (Puking is literally the bane of my existence. Literally
•Agoraphobia (You know it's bad when you're too scared to leave the house to go to Target. Target, I say!)
•Trichotillomania (OCD's younger, annoying hair pulling sibling)

I seriously just let out the biggest breath after typing that! What a weight it is off of my shoulders to say it! Mind you, a big, scary weight. It's out there in the world now!

Maybe I'll write about my struggles with them one day, or maybe I won't. But I honestly feel so empowered just admitting what I've gone through and what I'm still going through. I'm still here. Yes, it's severely impacted my life, from finding the right schooling, a good job that I could benefit from rather than become it become a hindrance, and just life in general. But I haven't let my mental illness beat me. I've traveled out of the country, shared adventures with friends, had relationships, all despite sometimes dealing with some pretty intense bouts of mental illness. No, my life isn't perfect and I'm not exactly where I want to be right now, but I'm trying everyday to not let my mental illness run my life (I mean, these disorders have squatted in my brain for so long that's it's kind of tough to kick them out). And I have to believe that these dark periods and thoughts are only temporary, and it'll get better in the future. For me, and for everyone else who is struggling right now.

It's okay to talk about your mental health and it's fine if you'd rather keep it to yourself and select others, rather than sharing it with the world. Both are perfectly acceptable and it's up to the individual person. I just wish that this community existed back when I was a kid/teen and felt so alone, but I'm so so glad it exists now and that anyone can access these awesome communities and resources.

But I think that everyone out there dealing with mental illness or know someone who is struggling can agree that every month, not just May, should always call attention to mental health. So if you want to, share your story, or just show your support in honor of those struggling with mental illness. It's more common than you think and remember, you're not alone! There is always help out there and it will get better ♥

Stay Weird,

Book Recommendation: Introvert Doodles by Maureen "Marzi" Wilson

Adams Media Corporation

Book: Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Look at Introvert Life in an Extrovert World
Author: Maureen "Marzi" Wilson

Why You Should Read It (In My Humble Opinion):

Introverts unite!

But separately.

And, you know, in our own homes so we don't have to actually interact with each other in person.

Texting or Twitter is probably best. Don't even think about calling me on the phone or FaceTiming me!

I always thought of being an introvert (or what I always thought of myself before I knew about introverts: being shy) as a major hindrance to my life. I never really knew there was a term for what I was, except for the fact that I'd rather be alone, at home, reading a book, than at a party with lots of people surrounding me. Don't get me wrong, I love seeing my family and friends, but if I'm at a big gathering, I have to excuse myself every so often just to escape to a quiet room and regroup. I wished that I could be just like everyone else, who always seemed to flourish and come alive when other people were around. It's like they fed off of other people's energy and become more lively, while for me it seemed like being around others sapped my energy and would leave me physically drained for days after. Basically after an evening out, my battery is drained. But when I first found out about introverts (and extroverts, an introvert's polar opposite), I felt like I had finally found my people. There were others out there like me!

It filled me with joy to know that there were other people who would rather stay at home and read (reading IS an adventure!) than go out, are more creative than outgoing, are deep thinkers, and good listeners. I still consider myself shy- but that's sometimes just an easier way of saying I'm an introvert. While I have embraced being an introvert, it does come with its problems. Meeting new people is a lot more challenging and tiring than it would be for an extrovert. Finding a job that can possibly use your introvert personality and creativity can be a pretty difficult search (one I'm currently working on at the moment. Can't this blog just be my job? Ugh!). It seems like just because you embrace who you really are it doesn't make having that quality or personality any easier.

I had never read anything about being an introvert (even though apparently there is some great literature out there, apparently. Uh oh, more books to add to my TBR list? Um, well, okay!), but my sister (also a fellow introvert. Is it genetic??) let me borrow her copy of Introvert Doodles and I have never felt so understood. Maureen "Marzi" Wilson is a talented illustrator and fellow introvert herself. After wondering why she always felt so awkward and out of place (or "backward," in her words) during social interactions, yet felt so relieved and comfy when she was finally back at home reading with her dog, she did some research and found out she was, in fact, an introvert, and everything finally clicked into place. She has now fully accepted her introvert lifestyle and wants to reach out to other introverts like her and tell them via her comics that introverts are awesome!

This book couldn't have been handed to me at a better time. I've been feeling really down about life lately, especially about my lack of people skills. But reading Introvert Doodles has instantly put a smile on my face and reassured me that I'm totally normal because I do a lot of those things that cute little blonde introvert girl does in the book (who I am assuming is based off of Marzi herself) and that so many other introverts do as well! It's so silly and hilarious, and the cartoons are simply drawn but so cute, and the best part is is that I GET IT. I get all of it. Even the most outrageous and ridiculous situations, it's all true. Everything I've felt as an introvert, Marzi has basically illustrated it ALL: Feeling secretly relieved and rejoicing that someone canceled plans? Marzi gets you! Need some introvert reward stickers to look at after you do something brave for the day, like for talking to people and making phone calls? Marzi drew it for you! (And me! You bet I'm going mentally reward myself with those stickers from now on for trying to adult like a normal person) Or how about a cute illustration of relatable animals (Rabbit: skittish when approached. Chameleon: blends into surroundings)? Marzi's got you covered!

Introvert Doodles is a fun and funny way of viewing what an introvert goes through everyday, without being mean towards introverts or even extroverts who may not understand. It's a must read book for introverts (in my opinion), just so you can remind yourself that, yes, there are people out there just like you, going through the exact same things. Plus it's absolutely full of adorable and oh so relatable cartoons illustrating your struggles as an introvert, in almost any situation you can imagine. So buy a copy for your introverted self, give copies to your introverted friends (because you know exactly what they go through every dang day) and heck, buy a few copies for your friends who are extroverts, so they can know what goes on in your day to day life- and so they know that it doesn't offend us if you cancel plans with us. It just means we get to get into our PJ's, snuggle with our furry pet, and watch Netflix all wrapped up in a blanket on the couch like a human burrito. So really, we should be thanking you for canceling our plans and making our night!

I think it's safe to say that I'm buying myself a copy of Introvert Doodles and will be rereading it whenever I need that introvert pick me up. Thank you, Marzi, for writing and illustrating a lovely little book about all the struggles- and joys- of being an introvert! I'd love to meet you someday- but you know, we can skip the actual human interaction for a Twitter exchange. I think that might be preferable for both of us! ♥

Stay Weird,

Buy a copy of Marzi's book, then grab some chocolate, a blanket, your furry pet, get cozy in a comfy chair and feel that kinship with the other introverts in the world. But, you know- by yourself. I'm an introvert, I totally understand 😘

Belated Monthly Favorites! (December 2016, January, February, March, and April 2017!)

It's been quite some time since I last posted a monthly favorites, hasn't it? I think the last monthly favorites I posted was in November- and it's almost May now! Oops! Well, because of my- erm- delay in blog posts as of late, I have decided to combine all of the months I missed of monthly favorites (which would be December, January, February, March, and let's just throw in April while I'm at it!), so strap in because this is going to be a BIG ONE. (Also, I'm sure I'm sure I've missed about a dozen of my other favorite things and once I post this, I will immediately want to add even more. But I'll show restraint. For once. HA!) Enjoy!


That Weird Girl Life
When it comes to accessories, I'm a total necklace girl. Not bracelets, not rings. NECKLACES. I don't even know how many I have, but I have a lot. I honestly shouldn't be buying anymore, but I just can't help myself with this one! Doesn't it look like a magical amulet from an epic fantasy?? I feel practically mystical when I'm wearing it! Plus, I like that the chain is long and the amulet (that's what I'm calling it from now on) is pretty hefty and on the bigger side (a tad larger than a silver dollar). Even though I didn't need it, I'm glad I bought it anyway!

From Modcloth (I don't know if it's still available on the site but it's worth it to just to look!)

That Weird Girl Life
I think it's safe to say that the niffler was my absolute favorite part of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (along with Jacob, Newt, Tina, and Queenie, of course). So when I saw this handmade, one of a kind niffler necklace on Show Pony's Instagram, I had to have it. It perfectly captures the niffler's mischievous, frozen pose from the movie, where it's (did we ever figure out if that niffler was a girl or a boy? THESE ARE PRESSING QUESTIONS!!) reaching for the shiny necklaces in the jewelry store storefront. Ugh, so freaking cute! The pearls are such a classy, fun touch and it'll be the perfect accessory to wear to the next Fantastic Beasts movie!

That Weird Girl Life
After I ordered the niffler necklace, I decided that I wanted to get the mini time turner necklace the Show Pony Store offered. I already had a full size time turner that broke (sad) so I was in need of a new one and I loved the idea of a smaller, more delicate time turner that wasn't as ostentatious as the regular sized one (and I liked the fact that the links of the chain were smaller and finer, plus the chain is much longer than the other time turner necklaces out there). It's so dainty and cute, but sadly, doesn't turn back time, as much as I twirl it. Ah, well.

The Show Pony store is now closed, but you can follow the shop's Instagram here and the owner Shelby's Instagram here

Tiny Hands
My sister sent this to me as a surprise gift in the mail! She knows I love waffles (waffles > pancakes. If you disagree with me, I challenge you to a breakfast food off! Waffles will always win, I guarantee it! They literally have pockets for syrup. POCKETS, I tell you!!) She found this cute online shop called Tiny Hands that sells tiny miniature versions of food that look and smell exactly like that food! Plus, Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler, duh) wore one from Tiny Hands on Parks & Recreations! Because as everyone knows, there's no one who loves waffles more than Leslie Knope (and me. I love waffles just as much as Leslie!). My sister totally hit it out of the ballpark with this surprise necklace! I'm going to wear it with pride!!

And here's the queen of waffles wearing the necklace on an episode of Parks & Rec!

Buy the Scented Waffle necklace here 

Arthur A. Levine Books
To keep with the Harry Potter theme, I also picked up the new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! Revamped for the first Fantastic Beasts movie with a new cover, new forward (by Newt Scamander himself), plus six new beasts! While I do miss the original Fantastic Beasts book (made to look like a textbook with Harry, Ron, and Hermione's notes, comments, and doodles scribbled about the book), this one is still a nice addition to my Harry Potter book shelf. Plus, the cover designs is just the coolest!

Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
Oh my goodness. I freaking love this song. So, so much. I fell in love with Little Mix's "Shout Out To My Ex" (and please note that I'm 28 years old and am not a Little Mix fan) but then I heard "Touch" and it's now my #1 favorite Little Mix song now (again, I am 28, guys). It is so catchy! I'm not sure if anyone else finds this song as catchy as I do, but dang it, I just LOVE this song! The beat is great, the lyrics and vocals are everything, and I think I've lost count of how many times I've listened to this song on repeat. I don't know if there's been a song that's ever made me want to dance this much, because every time I hear "Touch," and its opening lyrics: "You and I and nobody elllllssseeee...." I at least have to do a little shimmy shake, if not completely burst out completely into a full on dance routine. Let's hope I never hear this in public or else people are going to get a show of me busting a move! 

Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
I know, I know, another Little Mix song! I don't know why I'm loving their songs lately! Does that mean I'm a Little Mix fan now?? (I'm not mad about that, honestly. I'm not ashamed!) While not as catchy as some of Little Mix's other songs, I still like it but what really makes the song (at least to me) is Machine Gun Kelly's rap part (which was not part of the original but I thought he added a fun, new element to the song). Also, Machine Gun Kelly keeps popping up in all of these songs I like. Why is that? And why do I like it when he raps so much? His voice is.... kind of attractive. Oh no, do I like Machine Gun Kelly?? I mean, technically he's my type (tall and skinny) and his voice is pretty alluring, and I keep hearing him on the radio and I don't turn off his music and oh my god I'm into Machine Gun Kelly. This blurb about Little Mix has taken a turn!

Did anyone else binge-watch 13 Reasons Why? I had a lot of feelings about the show (good and bad) but that's another discussion for another time. If you've watched the show, you probably remember the song that Hannah and Clay slow dance to at the school dance and how beautiful and haunting it was. Hearing it immediately made me want to cry and after the episode I had to go look up what the song was and who it was by. And because of the show, this song has now entered my life and I will never be the same. I feel compelled to listen to it all the time, but I have to be careful because the song, while lovely, also makes me want to weep uncontrollably at its heartbreaking lyrics: "I don't know what I'm supposed to do/ haunted by the ghost of you," and "I had all and then most of you/ some and now none of you." They seriously couldn't have picked a more perfect song to represent that show's tragic love story. And it's now my go to song to listen to when I'm feeling sad and want to wallow in my own misery. Hooray!

Interscope Records
Oh, Lana. I love, love, love her. Born to Die was a practically perfect album that I still listen to, even years later. Her other albums were pretty good too, but nothing compared to Born to Die. Most of her songs are a tad morose and melancholy, mixed with some great electronic beats and old Hollywood mentions. But "Love" is a lighter, much more happy tone of a song (the music video actually features Lana smiling. Smiling, I say!!) and I think that bodes well for her new album, titled Lust for Life. But doom and gloomy or happy go lucky, I'd listen to pretty much anything Lana Del Rey sings.

2016 Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd.
I love the Veronicas, therefore I love this song. Especially the lyric: "Life isn't pretty/we all get a little wrecked sometimes." It's got a great up tempo EDM beat with some very emotional and beautiful lyrics. Give it a listen! (I'll go to my grave promoting the Veronicas and their music! My love for them is literally eternal. Or should I say, 4Ever? That's a title of a famous song of theirs. You get it, I love them. I'll stop now)


Okay, back when I was a tween/teen, when the movie version of A Series of Unfortunate Events came out, it was a BIG DEAL. I was obsessed with the books and so were all of my friends and when we went to go see it we were stoked (that was a popular word back in those days). But when we finally saw the movie... we left feeling disappointed. It wasn't as good as we thought it would be and it wasn't true to the books. They combined the first three books into one movie, rearranged all of the parts, and Jim Carrey, as awesome as he is and how enthusiastically he plays a role, just wasn't Count Olaf. And while the movie had it's clever and entertaining moments (the Happiest Little Elf claymation opening was a fun homage to the books) and the costumes were cool and very Tim Burton-esque, all goth and Victorian, it just felt not very...well, Lemony Snicket-y. At all. (At least it didn't to me, and as we all know, I am not the authority on all things. Though in all honesty the kids who played the Baudelaire children- including my girl crush Emily Browning as Violet- were all excellent. And Meryl Streep was, of course, brilliant as always)

And now years later, we actually have A Series of Unfortunate Events show, based on ALL of the books (though only the first four books are featured in the first season), with Lemony Snicket himself, Daniel Handler, being involved and writing some episodes. And not only that, the man, the myth, the legend, that is Neil Patrick Harris was playing Count Olaf (who is brilliant at it, may I add, though apparently he's had mixed reviews on his performance, which I wholeheartedly disagree with). He adds such a theatricality to the role, as well as a hilarious maliciousness, that Jim Carrey tried for, but just turned more ridiculous caricature of a character that is, well... just Jim Carrey in most of his movies. Patrick Warburton also adds a certain melancholy and longing to the role of narrator Lemony Snicket that I really enjoyed and appreciated. But I honestly loved the new series: it was morose and clever, had heart, but with a bittersweet edge to it that cuts you to the core at certain moments. And the HUGE twist that they put in (that I won't even allude to, so no spoilers here), was equal parts brilliant and heart-breaking and the perfect way to end the first season.

And the best part of the whole series being a thing? They devote TWO whole episodes to each book, meaning a lot of important things don't get left out, as well as adding more backstory about a certain secret organization and introducing more characters involved in the twists and turns that go way deeper (deeper like, say tunnels?) than what the Beaudelaire children see or will even know. I can't wait for season 2!! (I'm actually so excited for their take on The Ersatz Elevator, which for some reason is one of my favorites of the series. I have no idea why, I just love it!)


Amazon Studios
Thank god for Amazon Prime free 30 day trials! This show is so good, I can't believe I've waited this long to see it. It imagines a world where the Allies lost World War II: and Japan and Germany have divided up the United States. It's the exact definition of a dystopian nightmare because it really seems like it could have happened. There's a lot of spy drama that's hard to follow (at least to me. Thankfully I am not a spy. Or am I...?) but the actual human drama, mixed with some romantic entanglement, of course, is thrilling and will keep you hooked. I'm not usually into sci-fi, but this mixes historical past facts with a theoretical past(s) and future(s), that you won't find it at all hard to imagine or even believe. A third season is coming soon and I'm hooked so I need to see it, so does this mean I have to actually subscribe to Amazon Prime to watch it now?

Well played, Amazon Prime. Well played.

Amazon Studios

Moana! My favorite Disney movie in a long, long time! (I'm not including Pixar movies, for obvious reasons. Inside Out was extraordinary) It's a wonderful female empowerment movie (no love story here!), of determination and breaking the mold. Plus, the animation is astounding, the story is so different and fun, AND IT'S A MUSICAL!!! The songs are all by the quadruple threat (singing, acting, dancing, AND rapping) Lin-Manuel Miranda, so the songs are catchy and heartfelt as hell. Plus, who knew Dwayne Johnson can carry a tune??? As if he wasn't likable enough!!


Universal Pictures
Have you seen Get Out? If not, you need to. If you have, then you know exactly why I'm imploring people to see it. It's a horror movie, but with a very important observation on this "post-race" world and how racism, no matter how how everyone denies that they aren't racist, is still alive and well. The movie is scary, it's smart, and it makes you think and start an important conversation. The social commentary is brilliant alone, but the movie is also an extremely well done horror movie. It doesn't need a supernatural antagonist to make you jump- people you encounter everyday do just fine taking the place of a malevolent spirit who's after you soul. The movie will make think and send a shiver down your spine that you'll feel for the rest of the day!

Universal Pictures

*Sigh* I cannot begin to explain how excited I was for a live action Beauty and the Beast! I fell in love with the live action Cinderella, so hearing of another live action Disney remake made my inner Disney nerd a quiver. Beauty and the Beast did not disappoint, though I think I still like Cinderella a tad bit better because there were a few things about Beauty and the Beast that kind of bothered me. While Emma Watson fits the bill of Belle perfectly and she wasn't a terrible singer, you can tell singing is not really her strong suit, and the autotune on her voice was a tad annoying. Also, did anyone find Lumiere as a candlestick a little freaky looking? And it was actually a bit hard to find Dan Stevens attractive wearing an 18th century white powder wig and frilly frocks (and he's a dang good looking guy! It was just that the 18th century hair pieces and clothing were a bit too...Marie Antoinette gaudy. I almost kind of wished he had stayed the Beast. Seriously, they made the beast On the plus sides of the movie, the visuals were ah-mazing (the Be Our Guest scene was spectacular), the songs were lovely and gave me chills, and I honestly thought the scene-stealers of the whole movie were Luke Evans as Gaston (so cocky and ridiculous. You can tell he had fun hamming it up) and Josh Gad as LeFou (who gains some redemption and self respect at the end, thank goodness). Not perfect, but it proves that Disney can still make some great remakes that hold the same magic that the originals do. Bravo!

(One last thing: I love Emma Thompson, she did a great job in the movie, but Angela Lansbury IS Mrs. Potts. *mike drop*)



Safiya Nygaard
You may recognize Safiya from working at Buzzfeed, but now she's running her own, very successful YouTube channel with over one million subscribers (take THAT, Buzzfeed! No seriously, I'm just kidding, Buzzfeed, please hire me). She's smart, she's funny, and her videos are so creative and entertaining. From trying weird makeup trends, to trying those really hideous jeans with the clear patches for a week (I honestly don't know how she made it through that week, but it's Safiya, she's awesome, so how can I doubt her?), you'll seriously want her to be your best friend after you watch just one of her videos. Also, is she my twin? She loves quarter length sleeves tops (ME!), she's a Harry Potter fan (totally me!), was sorted into Ravenclaw on Pottermore (so me!), AND she got a freaking BLACKBIRD as her Patronus (me, me, MEEEE! Except I took the quiz a second time and got a ginger cat. Read about it here)!! Talk about my human spirit animal!

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Buzzfeed Unsolved- Supernatural
There's two things I love in this world: Buzzfeed and the supernatural. Put those two things together, and you get one of the best series ever! It's spooky AND hilarious, you'll love it! (Though: spoiler alert- they don't actually solve any of the supernatural mysteries of say, the ghosts on the Queen Mary or even Bigfoot. But it's all super fun AND interesting!) Also, Ryan and Shane are the perfect dream team, one being a believer (Ryan) and a skeptic (Shane), but are both hilarious and have a great back and forth that helps alleviate the creepy moments with some definitely laugh out loud moments. If one of them leaves the show, then I RIOT!

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Cherry Wallis
Girl. Is. Living. My. Dream. Life!! Well, you know, if I was good at makeup, was crafty, and an extremely cute, and personable, which I'm not. BUT, she's a huge Harry Potter fan, she lives in England (and visits the Harry Potter Studio Tour seemingly all the time), and is all around just a cute human being that I'm living vicariously through whenever I watch one of her videos. Her life is exactly what I want my life to be and she is basically all that I aspire to be, cute Emma-Watson-British accent and all. I mean, her name is freaking CHERRY! How cute is that??? 🍒

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Odds & Ends:

That Weird Girl Life
In case you didn't know me: hi, nice to meet you, I'm Emily, and I'm weird and like weird things. So does it really surprise you to know that I collect harlequin/Pierrot dolls? No, well good, because I do! I'm always on the lookout for cute ones (I'm very particular about the ones I like) and I happened to come across one at one of my favorite used bookstores that also has a corner filled with knick knacks of all kinds. I spotted this gorgeous one next to a very creepy collectible doll (and MY doll isn't scary, she's cute! Don't be mean!) and I knew I had to have her (meaning the Pierrot doll, not the creepy Victorian doll that would probably devour my soul while I slept). I'm debating on whether or not to keep her in the box, just to preserve her good condition (though I feel bad that she has a baggie on her head. That's no way to live, right?), but look how cute she is!! I'm so happy to add her to my collection.

That Weird Girl Life
Also, I kind of hope that she's haunted. Is that too far? Just in case, I think I'll keep her in the box...

That Weird Girl Life
And I swear she has a mouth, it's just covered by her ruffled collar!

What did you guys think of this MASSIVE (and very belated) monthly favorites post? Have you seen any of the movies I mentioned? Did you love them too? Or maybe you hated them. (But how could you hate Moana??) Let me know in the comments and I'll be back soon with my next Monthly Favorites! (I swear it won't take as long to come out as this one!)

Stay Weird,