Posts Categorized: recs

International Women’s Day: My Favorite Books by Female Authors

March 8, 2017 books, recs 14

Happy Women’s Day! In celebration of the many women shaping literature as we know and love it, I thought I’d celebrate some of my favorite female authors with this list today. Obviously, it’s hard to narrow it down, because so many of my favorite authors are women, but I can recommend all of these books from the bottom of my heart. I will be focusing on books that I’m not currently seeing everywhere, which is why you won’t find series like Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab or The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer on this list, but know that I love those just as much. Hope you find something you like!

The Binti series by Nnedi Okorafor



Nnedi Okorafor is one of the most imaginative authors I’ve read. I originally found this, because it was recommended by John Green in a video. I think he pitched it as something like “girl who travels through space to attend university” (paraphrased), which sounded pretty awesome to me. Now I think his description is underselling the work, but I also find it hard to come up with a good one myself, because you really just have to read this one for yourself. As far as I can tell, it’s a trilogy of novellas (according to goodreads, the last one is set to be released this September), so it’s not a great time commitment, but there’s enough worldbuilding for longer books. I feel like this book is more relevant to my Cross-Cultural Communications degree than most of the academic texts I read (don’t tell my lecturers). I’ve seen a few authors mention these novellas, but I haven’t seen them on many book blogs, so get reading, people!
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Essay Writing: Online Resources for University Research

March 7, 2017 miscellaneous, recs, reviews 2

This post is probably completely irrelevant to anyone who reads my blog on any sort of regular basis, but maybe someone will be redirected here by a random Google search. As you may know if you’ve been reading my blog for a while (which you probably haven’t for the aforementioned reason), I’m a student. Having to Write an Essay is a constant state of anxiety for me. I’m not saying my essays are perfect (I feel like they would be much more entertaining if I could use my authentic writing style, but apparently informal writing and mediocre jokes are frowned upon in the academic world), but I did manage to get my B.A. last summer, so I must be doing something right. Obviously this qualifies me to share my wise knowledge with you.

Disclaimer: I am not actually any sort of expert or authority on this, so if you mess up your essay don’t point to me.


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Working in Publishing as a Cougar: Younger

December 10, 2015 recs, reviews, tv shows 2

TV Show Thursdays on Reviews and Cake

Welcome to TV Show Thursdays, where I discuss TV Shows, review episodes and give my commentary on anything TV Show related!


Today I want to talk about Younger. I just recently discovered this TV show when I was looking for something fun and new, and I binge watched the entire first season in a day. It focuses on Liza, a 40-year-old who pretends she’s a 26-year-old college graduate with a history of charity work in India to land a job in the publishing industry. She moves in with an artist friend in Brooklyn, gets herself a younger lover and makes friends at her new place of employment. Liza is played by Sutton Foster, who TV show geeks like me might know from her time as the leading character in Bunheads, the show co-created by Gilmore Girls maker Amy Sherman-Palladino and Lamar Damon that was sadly cancelled after just one season.



A huge reason why I like this show is that it’s set in the trendy New York publishing world bookish dreams are made of. It being a TV show it’s not as realistic as it could be, but all the book references are fairly awesome. I’m still waiting for the book blogger mentions, but maybe next season. More than that, almost all the important characters are women, which is a nice change from most shows. The show isn’t groundbreaking and it portrays millenials like a parody of themselves, but it’s fun to watch, and if the premise sounds good to you, I’d recommend giving it a chance!

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Ten Feel Good Movies For When You Need Some Light Entertainment

December 7, 2015 fun, miscellaneous, movies, recs 6

I was looking for posts on feel good movies earlier today, so I figured I’d just make one of my own. When I need some distraction, I tend towards the light and entertaining, and I could write a whole essay on why these kinds of feel good movies are just as important as all your dark, critically acclaimed epics, but I’ll give you this list instead. Feel free to add to it in the comments; I’m always looking for recommendations! These are some of my very favorites, the créme de la créme of movies that bring a smile to my face.

What a Girl Wants

The classic modern day Cinderella story set in London’s royal society, starring Amanda Bynes as Daphne Reynolds, a girl from New York who is trying to figure out who she really is. I’ve watched this movie too many times to count when I was younger, and I still enjoy it now. My memory isn’t usually good enough to quote movies, but I can mouth the lines to this one.


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Happy Endings Are …Underappreciated?

November 12, 2015 fun, recs, reviews, tv shows 4

TV Show Thursdays on Reviews and Cake

Welcome to TV Show Thursdays, where I discuss TV Shows, review episodes and give my commentary on anything TV Show related!




Happy Endings is one of the most underrated shows I’ve ever come across. No one I know has ever heard of it, let alone watched it, so it’s one of those I’m-the-only-person-in-my-fandom situations. I started watching it without realizing there were only three seasons and was completely dumbstruck when it suddenly ended. Still, there are three seasons, and they’re worth watching, so I’m giving it a shout out here.

What it’s about

You know how every TV show featuring an ensemble cast of friends gets compared to Friends? And how there are so many of them? Well, there’s a reason: a lot of times they fail, but when they work, they work (see: HIMYM). Happy Endings is one such show. It starts off with Alex and Dave at the altar, ready to get married. Only things don’t go according to plan, because Alex runs out on him, jeopardizing not only her relationship with Dave, but the entire dynamic of their clique. (Isn’t clique such a nineties word? I’ll keep it in here just because of that. And because I can’t think of another one at the moment, but psht.)
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Favorite Game of Thrones Characters

June 5, 2015 fun, recs, tv shows 14

As I spent some time catching up on Game of Thrones yesterday, I started drafting up a post on my favorite characters, because clearly you’re all dying to know. Fast forward to today and my return to this post, and I realized I have perfect timing as it is currently Thursday and you all know what THAT means.

TV Show Thursdays on Reviews and Cake

Welcome to TV Show Thursdays, where I discuss TV Shows, review episodes and give my commentary on anything TV Show related!

There will be some spoilers for the show, so be warned. Good? Good. Let us begin.
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Modern Family

May 14, 2015 recs, reviews, tv shows 6

TV Show Thursdays on Reviews and Cake

Welcome to TV Show Thursdays, where I discuss TV Shows, review episodes and give my commentary on anything TV Show related!


Yesterday was the worst day. Why am I whining about it on the internet? Because I can. But also because I want to tell you a little something about Modern Family. When I don’t feel good, a new episode of Modern Family will almost certainly cheer me up. On a sucky day, it’s one of my go-to comfort sources. And so it was yesterday.

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So why is it such a feel good show? Mostly, it’s because you know that (with maybe one exception) at the end of the episode everything’s going to be alright, and everyone’s going to love each other. That’s true for a lot of shows like this though. What makes Modern Family stand out is that it’s also clever. It’s not just flat humor and stupid jokes (even though you could probably make an argument for that too), it’s satire and social commentary and loveable characters. The show doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that’s why it’s seriously fun.

Another thing that sets it apart is the style. It’s hard to explain the brilliance of it if you’ve never seen it, but it’s a “mockumentary”, which means it’s filmed in the style of a documentary, but completely fictional. This means you get the characters’ commentary on their own actions, but it’s so seamlessly a part of the show that it never throws me out. I probably didn’t even notice it was unusual the first time I watched the show.

Like with most shows, you probably need a couple of episodes to really get into it, but once you do the characters grow on you like no one’s business. You see the kids grow up, the family grow together and the characters growing into better versions of themselves. If you’re in the mood for something lighthearted and fun, then you should definitely give Modern Family a try – you won’t regret it!

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Movie Review: The Imitation Game

February 18, 2015 movies, recs, reviews 10

Remember waaaay back in December when I talked about wanting to watch The Imitation Game? If you need a quick refresher on the basic premise of the movie, check out that post. Anyways, I finally watched it!

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…and OH MY GOD WAS THIS MOVIE GOOD.

It was everything I expected and more.

Great Acting? Check.

Coding? Check.

Frenemies? Check.

A TEAR MY HEART OUT BECAUSE I’M DYING OF ALL THE FEELS story? Doublecheck.

It’s no surprise that Ben rocked the role like Axl Rose on his best day, but I was really suprised that Keira Knightley was right up there with him in terms of quality acting. Now I knew she can’t just play the damsel in distress and she’s had some good roles before, but out of all the movies I’ve watched with her, this was definitely her best performance.

I’m not going to go into the end of the movie or the great twists and turns throughout because I want you all to enjoy the full experience, but trust me when I say it’s great storytelling. At times I knew I was being emotionally manipulated (okay basically the entire point of a movie is to emotionally manipulate you, but you know what I mean), but I didn’t care. It was just heartbreaking and awesome and did I mention it’s a good movie? It’s somewhat anachronological and it took me until the middle of the movie until I understood the exact timeline, but I think it was mostly well done. The soundtrack wasn’t revolutionary, but in this case I don’t think it was a mistake to go with what worked before.

For some reason I kept being reminded of other movies while I watched it. Like, at the very beginning of the movie there’s a scene where a newspaper boy calls out 800 000 children evacuated and you can see the station with the trains leaving and I couldn’t help but think meanwhile in Narnia. And then later you can see kids with gas masks and how can that NOT remind someone of Are you my mummy? (unless that person has never watched Doctor Who, I guess, but in that case what are you even doing with your life)? Then there’s this revelatory scene in a bar that reminded me of A Beautiful Mind (which, by the way, is also a very good movie).

The Imitation Game is nominated for 8 Oscars, a fact I’m very happy about. I never cared much about the Oscars, but I’m planning to watch them this year, and I will SO be rooting for this movie to win a couple of awards.

Have you watched the movie yet? Are you planning to? And what do you think about the Oscars – must watch or totally irrelevant?

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Spotlight: My Favorite YouTube Videos

January 23, 2015 discussion, fun, miscellaneous, recs 3



I love YouTube. I just adore the concept of a creative space where everyone with access to the internet and a camera can upload their videos for everyone to enjoy. I’m sure it has a positive impact on my life to watch people to whom I can relate. I’m honestly so grateful I was born in the age of the internet! I thought you might enjoy some of these too, so I collected some of the videos I find most inspiring and/or fun:



This video is called popularity, but it’s also about self-confidence and getting out of your comfort zone. I like Christine for her positive vibes, and I love this video for reminding me to be more self-confident and to trust in myself.
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End of the Year Book Survey 2014

December 28, 2014 books, fun, miscellaneous, psa, recs 6



I love filling out surveys, so I figured this is as good a reason as any. If you want to do it yourself, you can follow the link to Jamie’s Blog or click on the picture above and link up your own post. And now, let’s see what I read this year!


Number Of Books You Read:

According to Goodreads, 39. I think it was a couple more, but 40 give or take should be correct.

Number of Re-Reads:

Four.

Genre You Read The Most From:

Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, but scifi and contemporary are strong contenders as well.
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Spotlight: The Imitation Game

December 17, 2014 movies, recs 2

I just decided to introduce a new feature to this blog!



will give me an opportunity to ramble about all the random things I enjoy without it taking over my blog. Although I guess my whole blog is already exactly that, so mission failed. Anyways, here we go.

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For some reason I never really liked Benedict Cumberbatch. It wasn’t that I hated him as an actor – I hadn’t really watched anything with him in it – it was just something about him that always pissed me off. Strange, I know. Then my roommate introduced me to Graham Norton by showing me the Doctor Who-related clips, and for some reason I decided to watch an episode of the show with Benedict Cumberbatch in it. Turns out the guy is really smart and funny, who would have known? Stop jumping up and down while yelling “ME!!!”, Cumberbitches, I know all about you.

One of the things Ben (we’re on nickname basis now that I like him – he’s totally cool with it) talked about on the show was this movie, and it sounds so frickin’ awesome that I cannot WAIT to watch it. It’s about Alan Turing and his team of code breakers. If you need a quick refresher (I did), Turing is the guy who helped the Allies win World War II by breaking German ciphers and who spent his spare time inventing the computer and theorizing on how tigers got their stripes. He was thanked by society with a chemical castration because he was gay. Go humans.

It looks like Benedict Cumberbatch is an actor that approached this role with great respect and dedication, which is why I’m looking forward to seeing this movie ASAP. Since I want to watch it in English, and German cinema has the annoying habit of dubbing all foreign movies, it might be a little while though. That’s okay though, I’ll just be over here anticipating the crap out of this one.

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(Not So) Quick Book Recs

August 29, 2014 books, recs 0

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I love recommendations, so I thought I’d share some of the books I have read this year with you. None of them are very recent, but I enjoyed them all immensely and I hope you will too if you decide to pick them up (or that you did if you already read them).

Bitterblue

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Bitterblue is finally old enough to take over the reign of her kingdom. The only problem is her kingdom is a frickin’ mess. Her advisors are being mysterious, her subjects are illiterate and hungry and her father has left the country scarred beyond comprehension. It seems that Bitterblue will need to dig up some ugly truths if she ever wants to lead Monsea to a better age…

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