Streaming Saturday: Teen Wolf

We all love books here, but I thought I might start dedicating some posts on Saturdays to highlight one of my other loves – TV!

What I’m watching

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Teen Wolf on Amazon Prime.

An average high school student and his best friend get caught up in some trouble causing him to receive a werewolf bite. As a result they find themselves in the middle of all sorts of dramas in Beacon Hills.

Why I’m Watching

I’m not really a Halloween person, but as the weather starts to get more Fall-like, I get in the mood for spooky/scary/horror movies/tv shows. I went looking for what was available on the streaming services I use and came across Teen Wolf. I remember watching a few episodes when it first came out years ago, but didn’t really remember anything about it besides liking Stiles. I decided to give it another try and I really enjoyed it. There is a certain amount of ridiculous you need to get past (even once you get past the title), but I loved the friendships and the humor and the times when it could be surprisingly emotional. Seasons 2 and 3 were my favorite and season 6b (the final season) was probably it’s worst, but it was still definitely worth the series binge and I blame this show as the reason why I read so little last month.

Obviously, though, the best part of the show is Stiles. He’s one of the very few humans among all his supernatural friends and while he started off as mostly comic relief, he brings a lot of heart to the show. I’m a definite Stiles fangirl now.

Watch If You Like…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Vampire Diaries

Scream (the tv series)

What are you streaming right now?

September 2020 Recap

I don’t really have much to say about September. It was just another banner month of 2020. I actually didn’t read very much, sometimes going a couple days in a row without reading anything at all, which is super unusual for me. I am enjoying the cooler weather, though. I’m hoping we continue to have a nice fall before winter takes over.

Books Read: 9

Adult: 9

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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Yours to Keep (Man of the Year #2) by Lauren Layne

  Books Reviewed: 4

The Switch by Beth O’Leary – 4 Stars

They Never Learn by Layne Fargo – 4 Stars

A Path to Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and Karin Stock Burrsma – 4 Stars

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren – 4 Stars

Books Read in 2020 Overall: 120

Funny Fridays:

September 4

September 11

Dragonfly Treasure: More stuff to make you laugh ~ WW

September 18

September 25

Other Posts:

August 2020 Recap

WWW Wednesday: September2, 2020

Streaming Saturday: Making the Cut

WWW Wednesday: September 9, 2020

WWW Wednesday: September 16, 2020

WWW Wednesday: September 23, 2020

WWW Wednesday: September 30, 2020

Reviewing the Unreviewed: September 2020

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. Reviewing the Unreviewed is my monthly post where I share my few thoughts on all the books I didn’t formally review.

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The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan. Read August 29 – September 1. 4 Stars.

I enjoyed this. I thought Hilarie’s journey from teen drama star to small-town farmer\occasional actress was really interesting. Though I definitely respect all of the work she and her husband have put into their relationship, I have to say it came across as pretty dysfunctional most of the time. He mostly came across as self-centered and controlling to me, following all of his hollywood dreams while she either took care of things at home or just followed him around. I did think she downplayed a lot of the acting jobs she took, though. And she seemed happy with her life, so I’ll try not to judge.

While I think the tone of the book was supposed to be kind of inspirational about how you can do anything you put your mind to, there wasn’t much said about how everything they did was possible because of how wealthy they are. Overall, though, I thought she came across as likable and relatable and this was an enjoyable read.

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Yours to Keep (Man of the Year #2) by Lauren Layne. Read September 3-6. 4 Stars. 

I am always happy when a new Lauren Layne book comes out. This was cute and bantery and fun. I really liked both Carter and Olive and loved watching as their friendship evolved into more. I also liked that it was set mostly in a cute, small town. Most of Layne’s books these days are set in NYC with super rich, polished characters and it was a nice change to see a quirky high school teacher as the lead.

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Dating Mr. Darcy (Love Manor #1) by Kate O’Keeffee. Read September 8-9. 3.5 Stars.

This was pretty cute. I liked the dating reality show concept. I liked the romance, but thought it could have been developed a little more. It felt like they only had a couple real interactions before they were “in love.” I’d be interested in reading more from this, author.

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Steal Home (The Sweet Magnolias #1) by Sherryl Woods. Read September 8-11. 3 Stars.

I wanted to read this ever since watching the Netflix show. I enjoyed it for the most part. I liked watching Maddie navigate her divorce and becoming a single parent and her new relationship with Cal. I liked the romance, even if it was a little fast. I kind of skimmed through a lot of the rest of it, though. In the show, I really liked the friendship between Maddie and her two best friends, but they kind of annoyed me here. They weren’t really given much to do besides encourage Maddie to go into business with them and pursue a relationship with Cal (though, the next couple of books in the series shifts the focus to them, so I’m sure the character development will improve).

Since I’ve already watched the show, I have to point out some of the differences. The show made Noreen a much more sympathetic character than the book did. There were several plotlines on the show with Maddie’s kids and I have to say I’m not mad that most of them didn’t exist in the book. I thought Book Cal was a lot sweeter than Show Cal, but I thought Show Maddie was more likable than Book Maddie.

I’m looking forward to watching season two, but I don’t see myself reading more of this series, even though I mostly enjoyed this one.

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Not My Romeo (The Game Changers #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills. Read September 12-13. 3.5 Stars.

I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. The characters were likable and I loved the small town atmosphere. I thought Jack was really sweet, if a little unbelievable. There were several more graphic scenes than I generally appreciate, but that was one of the only things that brought it down for me.

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Loathe Thy Neighbor (Roommate Romps #1) by Teagan Hunter. Read September 17-27. 2 Stars. 

This wasn’t for me. There were some funny parts, which Hunter always does well, but the story itself was pretty ‘meh’. I didn’t like the main character and I didn’t even really ship the romance.

*****Books with Future Reviews Scheduled*****

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The Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell – 2.5 Stars

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella – 3 Stars

Streaming Saturday: Making the Cut

We all love books here, but I thought I might start dedicating some posts on Saturdays to highlight one of my other loves – TV!

What I’m watching

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Making the Cut on Amazon Prime. A group of designers compete in New York, Paris and Tokyo to bring their brands to a new level. So far there is one completed season. 

Why I’m Watching

Though I’m certainly not very fashionable, I always enjoyed watching Project Runway. I was sad when Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn announced they were leaving the show, but then it was announced they were doing a new, similar show on Amazon. It was one of those shows that released episodes weekly instead of dropping all at once, so I was resistant to start it. Recently, I was looking for something to watch that I didn’t have to pay too much attention to when I stumbled upon Making the Cut and decided to finally give it a try.

I found the show enjoyable. It was VERY similar to Project Runway, though. The biggest differences I noticed were:

-The designers are assigned seamstresses and give them patterns to work on overnight.
-At least two outfits are done for every challenge. One look is supposed to be “accessible” for the masses and the challenge winner’s design was put up for purchase on Amazon.
-Unless I missed it, Tim never says “Make it work.”

Watch If You Like…

Project Runway

America’s Next Top Model

What are you streaming right now?